College Medal

Nominations closed Monday 14 September 2020.

The College Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or health of community through physician activities. The prestigious prize is awarded annually at the RACP Congress College Ceremony.

Professor Douglas Bridge | 2020 recipient

Professor Douglas BridgeProfessor Doug Bridge is a senior medical leader with a reputation for high-quality, sincere and compassionate clinical care. He is a man of great integrity and passion and has exemplified a career based on service dedicated to the health of all people and is one of Australia’s longest serving palliative care physicians. This has been evident through Doug's commitment to training the next generation of palliative care physicians and in his role as a volunteer mentor to palliative care clinicians in numerous Asian countries. He has persistently worked to embed spirituality in the RACP curriculum and in his advocacy of the risks if euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legalised.

See our past College Medal recipients.


Any Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand Fellow of an RACP Division, Faculty and/or Chapter is eligible for nomination.

Ineligible nominees are those who:

  • submit a nomination on their own behalf
  • are a current RACP Board member
  • are a current RACP staff member
  • are a past recipient of the College Medal

All RACP Fellows or trainees can nominate an eligible Fellow.


The College Medal recipient receives:

  • the College Medal, presented at the College Ceremony at RACP Congress 2021
  • full Congress registration, including gala dinner
  • return economy airfares and up to 3 nights' accommodation to attend the College Ceremony

Selection criteria

The College Medal selection criteria aligns with our College motto 'hominum servire saluti' – 'to serve the health of our people' – and recognises a Fellow's contribution towards the improvement of the health of the community and/or our members.

The assessment of the nominee's contribution in relation to others is an essential part of the nomination.

In your nomination, detail how the nominee's contributions have meaningfully impacted the College and its activities against all of the selection criteria:

1. Contribution to medical practice, healthcare and/or health of communities

How has the nominee made a significant contribution to medical specialist practice through physician activities?

2. Professional Leadership

How has the nominee displayed outstanding leadership in developing and promoting local, national and/or international initiatives? What has been the significant impact to medicine and/or health of communities?

3. Advocacy

What significant advocacy has the nominee performed on behalf of medical specialists/physicians in policy, research or other areas of importance?

4. Representation

How has the nominee played integral roles in:

  • establishing and maintaining relationships and/or collaborations with international or domestic organisations on behalf of the medical profession, in particular medical specialists?
  • promoting College members and their interests within Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand?

Selection process

The RACP Fellowship Committee reviews all nominations and recommends a deserving recipient to the RACP Board.

The RACP Board reserves the right not to award the College Medal if they feel the recommendation and/or all nominations presented don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

For more information about The College Medal, contact the RACP Foundation.

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