The John Sands Medal

Nominations closed Monday 16 September 2019.

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


An eligible nominee is an Australian or New Zealand Fellow of the RACP, its Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, who is nominated by a Fellow or trainee of the RACP, its Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.

A nominee is ineligible if they:

  • submits a nomination on their own behalf
  • are a current RACP Board member
  • are a current RACP staff member
  • has attained the office of President of the RACP
  • are a past recipient of the John Sands Medal


The John Sands Medal recipient receives:

  • the John Sands Medal, presented at the College Ceremony at RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne
  • full registration to RACP Congress, including gala dinner
  • return economy airfares and up to 3 nights' accommodation to attend the College Ceremony

Selection criteria

In your nomination, you must state how the nominee has addressed 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 it members
  • promoting the RACP within Australia and/or 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 and
  • significant commitment to improving educational standards and methodology.

You must reference the contributions of the nominee in detail as to how they have meaningfully impacted the RACP and its activities. The assessment of the nominee's contribution in relation to others is an essential part of nomination.

Selection process

The RACP Fellowship Committee considers all nominations and makes an award recommendation to the RACP Board.

The RACP Board reserves the right to not to award The John Sands Medal if all nominations received don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

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

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