College Medal

Nominations now open, closing 5pm AEST Saturday, 30 September 2023.

The College Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or health of community through physician activities.

This prestigious prize is awarded annually at the RACP College Ceremony.

Professor Robert Walker | 2023 recipient

robert-walkerProfessor Robert Walker has made substantial contributions to achieving optimal kidney health for all through his international leadership efforts with the International Society of Nephrology and Asia-Pacific Society of Nephrology to improve kidney disease awareness, early detection and appropriate management, as well as equitable access to kidney care (particularly in the Pacific Islands and in vulnerable and disadvantaged populations).

His bench to bedside research has generated high certainty evidence that has informed international best practice guidelines in kidney care. He has been a strong advocate of high quality education and training in Nephrology and has developed innovations in clinical practice that have improved appropriate referral of people with kidney disease to specialist kidney care.

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. 


Read the terms and conditions before submitting a nomination.

Inform the nominee of your intent to submit a nomination.

Email a completed nomination form addressing the selection criteria to together with:

  • CV of the nominee
  • two letters of support
  • other relevant supporting documentation (optional)

Note: A nomination is not complete and cannot be progressed unless all required documentation is received.

Download nomination form (DOC)

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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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