Awards and prizes

Once a year, doctors working in rural and remote Australia are singled out and celebrated for their skills, professionalism, and dedication to their communities.

The gala dinner night is always a highlight of Rural Medicine Australia and that's where our prizes are awarded.

Our 2018 Awards winners are listed below. 

Category Descriptor Recipient 
Life Fellowship Life Fellowship is the highest and most prestigious award of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. It is reserved for Fellows who have rendered outstanding and meritorious service to the College or to those who have made a contribution of international significance to Rural and Remote Medicine. Life Fellowship is limited to ten Fellows at any one time, and no more than two Fellows may be admitted in any one financial year (1 July to 30 June).

Recipients will have ongoing membership subscriptions to the College waived and maintain full voting rights.

Previous award winners:

  • 2017 - Mark Craig
  • 2010 - Colin Owen
  • 2009 - Tom Doolan
  • 2007 - Ian Wronski
  • 2006 - Roger Strasser
  • 2003 - John Shepherd
 
Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to medical practitioners, or in very special or unusual circumstances, non-medical persons who have provided a significant contribution to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and/or the discipline of Rural and Remote Medicine and/or services to the field of education, research or general service to the health of rural communities. It is limited to 20 persons at any one time, and no more than two people may be admitted in any one year (1 July to 30 June).

Recipients who are not members of the College will receive honorary membership status without voting rights. Recipients who are already members will have ongoing membership subscriptions waived and maintain full voting rights.

Previous award winners:
  • 2017 - Pat Giddings
  • 2016 - Michael Catchpole
  • 2014 - Frank Moloney
  • 2012 - Nola Maxfield
  • 2010 - Rick McLean
  • 2008 - Denis Lennox
  • 2008 - Bill Nimo
  • 2007 - Jack Best
  • 2007 - David Mildenhall
  • 2007 - Geoff White
  • 2007 - Richard Hays
  • 2007 - Max Kamien
  • 2005 - James Muir
  • 2002 - Raymond Kernutt

 

Honorary Membership Honorary Membership recognises exceptional and/or significant service to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and/or rural and remote medicine. Honorary Membership may be awarded to persons who do not have a registrable medical qualification.

Recipients of this award will receive honorary membership status of the College. They will not pay subscription fees but will not hold voting rights.

Dr Manabu Saito

&

Ms Kathy Tuohey

The Peter Graham 'Cohuna' Award The Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ Award recognises members or Fellows who have provided outstanding advocacy and medical service to their community to ensure the maintenance of the highest quality of generalist skills, including (or especially) procedural practice. This award is offered in honour of the late Dr Peter Graham, AO, who passed away in 2008, aged 80. Peter provided dedicated service as a doctor to Cohuna, in rural Victoria, for nearly 50 years.
Previous award winners:
  • 2017 - Mike Moynihan
  • 2016 - David Senior
  • 2015 - Paul Mara
  • 2014 - Stephen Morris
  • 2013 - John Menzies
  • 2012 - Bruce Chater
  • 2011 - Les Woollard
  • 2010 - Lindsay Sherriff
  • 2009 - Peter Rischbieth
  • 2008 - Sheilagh Cronin
Dr Louise Baker
RDAA-ACRRM Rural Registrar of the Year Award If you know an ACRRM registrar who deserves to be recognised for their dedication to their community or to the advancement of rural health, nominate her or him for the the Rural Registrar of the Year award. The award carries a plaque, citation, and $2,000 - and of course, national recognition of peers and senior practitioners.

Previous award winners:
  • 2017 - Michelle Hannan and Teena Downton
  • 2016 - Kate Kloza
  • 2015 - Sarah Farlow and Sarah Koffmann
  • 2014 - Sally Singleton
  • 2013 - Crystal Pidgeon
  • 2012 - Tonia Marquardt
  • 2011 - Adele van der Merwe
  • 2010 - Sarah McEwan
  • 2009 - Kylie St
  • 2008 - Oscar Whitehead
Dr Bryce Nicol
Distinguished Service Awards Distinguished Service Awards recognise those Fellows, Members or non-medical persons who have provided a specific and/or significant and/or long-standing contribution to Rural and Remote Medicine and/or general service to the rural community

Dr Tarun Sen Gupta, 

Dr James Brown & 

Dr Michael Connellan

RDAA Rural Doctor of the Year Award

Nominees for this award must be current members of their Rural Doctors Association or a member of RDAA. The award recognises work 'above and beyond' the call of duty and leadership in areas such as:

  • improving access to quality healthcare for their community; or
  • improving the viability of their local hospital or medical service; or
  • improving access to quality healthcare for an Indigenous community; or
  • improving opportunities for education and training in rural health.

The RDAA Rural Doctor of the Year Award is a prestigious award and the criteria is available here. Should you require further detail please contact media@rdaa.com.au.

Dr Renee Cremen 
RDAA Medical Student of the Year Award

The RDAA Rural Student of the Year Award is a prestigious award and information is available here. Further details can be obtained by contacting media@rdaa.com.au.

Megan Telford
ACRRM President's Prize

The ACRRM President's Prize is awarded to one student studying a medical degree at an Australian accredited medical university and will be presented at the Rural Medicine Australia conference. 

The prize covers cost of flights/travel to and from, and accommodation in, a placement of the student's choice. The placement would be at a time suitable to the student, and be taken in a practice available in, or close to an area the student might choose to go. Once the recipient has indicated their choice of area, the College makes all the arrangements.

Hannah Webster