Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero


2016 QLD Local Hero Nominee

Justine Christerson

Town: Park Ridge
State: Queensland

Rural patient supporter

After moving to Brisbane from the small town of Biloela, Justine Christerson started a program to support rural patients in city hospitals. Since 2013, Breaking Down the Barriers has assisted hundreds of families. Justine provides a friendly face and support for rural patients who may not know their way around, or feel overwhelmed when visiting the ‘big smoke’ for treatment. Through fundraising and donations, Justine provides patients and their families with practical help like transport to appointments, home cooked meals and hampers, clothing vouchers, advice and information, as well as a shoulder to lean on. Never afraid to roll up her sleeves in times of crisis, Justine was awarded a Queensland Disaster Hero Medal for her work helping people and communities in the aftermath of the state’s most recent natural disasters. A busy mother of three, Justine also opens her home to foster children while inspiring those around her with her selfless dedication to people doing it tough.


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