John Sands Medal

Nominations closed Monday 14 September 2020.

The John Sands Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of the RACP. This award provides an opportunity to recognise the substantial and influential contribution the award recipient has made.

The prestigious prize, made possible by a bequest from the late Dr John Sands, is awarded by the RACP annually at the Congress Ceremony.

Professor Stephen Clarke OAM | 2020 recipient

Professor Stephen ClarkeProfessor Stephen Clarke has made numerous contributions to the success of the College. These contributions stem from his lifelong dedication to education, research and wellbeing of trainees and physicians. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and was the coordinator of medical oncology advanced training for several years. More broadly, he has served as an executive on the Committee for Physician Training and the Board of Censors where he participated and shaped training programs and College policies.

See our past John Sands 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
  • have held the office of President of the RACP
  • are a past recipient of the John Sands Medal

All RACP Fellows or trainees can nominate an eligible Fellow.


The John Sands Medal recipient receives:

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

Selection criteria

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

In your nomination, you must detail the contributions of the nominee and how they have meaningfully impacted the RACP and its activities against all of the selection criteria:

1. Contribution to the College

How has the nominee made a significant and sustained contribution to the welfare of the RACP, its member and staff?

2. Professional Leadership

What evidence is there of the nominee's outstanding leadership through their primary roles and contributions on Working Groups and/or Committees within the RACP?

3. Advocacy

How has the nominee performed significant advocacy on behalf of the RACP and/or its members of the College in policy, research or other areas of importance?

4. Representation

In what ways has the nominee played an integral role in one or more of these areas?:

  • Representing the RACP and its members in the international arena and/or international affairs
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships and/or collaborations with international or domestic organisations on behalf of the RACP and its members
  • Promoting the RACP within Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand
5. Teaching and professional education to future and current physicians

What evidence is there of the nominee demonstrating:

  • leadership and innovation in teaching and professional education to RACP trainees?
  • a significant commitment to mentoring and training current trainees?
  • a significant commitment to improving educational standards and methodology?

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 John Sands Medal if they feel the recommendation and/or all nominations presented don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

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

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