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Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours

A big congratulations to RANZCO Fellows Dr Harold Spiro and Dr Arthur Briner who were awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours granted on 7 June 2020:

Dr Harold Paul Spiro for service to paediatric ophthalmology

Award: Medal of the Order of Australia

Post-Nominal: OAM

State: Queensland

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Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane

  • Senior Ophthalmologist, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (1987-2014)
  • Visiting Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology (1955-1987)
  • Established the first paediatric Hospital Ethics Committee (1967)

Awards and recognition include

  • RANZCO Fellow since 1958


Dr Arthur Michael Briner for service to the Jewish community and ophthalmology

Award: Medal of the Order of Australia

Post Nominal: OAM

State: Queensland (Newstead)

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British Hebrew Congregation, The Brisbane Synagogue

  • Heritage Officer since 2013
  • Board Member (1970-2018)
  • President (1 year)
  • Past Vice President
  • Life Member since 2016
  • Convenor and volunteer, Dad’s Army (2012-2018)
  • Past President, Board of Hebrew Education
  • Teacher, Sunday School (1977-1990)

IDEAS (Indigenous diabetes, eye and health) Van

  • Volunteer Doctor, Consultant and Locum (2014-2017)

Princess Alexandra Hospital

  • Visiting Consultant (1974-2002)
  • Past Chair, Visiting Ophthalmological Staff
  • Registrar in Ophthalmology (1972-1974)

Greenslopes and St Andrew’s Private Hospitals

  • Visiting Consultant (1974-2002)

University of Queensland

  • Past Clinical Teacher and Senior Lecturer


  • Chairman, Queensland Branch (1985-1986)
  • Honorary Secretary, Queensland Branch (1984-1985)
  • Fellow since 1974



Last updated: June 9, 2020

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