The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

This medal is awarded every five years and was last awarded in 2017.

The RACP awards the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal every five years to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of medicine. Fellows of the RACP nominate candidates to receive the medal.

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal honours the internationally renowned work of esteemed Australian physician, Brigadier Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley KBE CStJ FRACP FRCP FRCPE FRS. Neil Hamilton Fairley is remembered as a visionary whose knowledge and persistence led to numerous vital contributions in medicine. The RACP established the award in 1969 with the generosity of Lady Mary Hamilton Fairley. The RACP last awarded the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal in 2017.

About Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley

Brigadier Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley (15 July 1891 – 19 April 1966) KBE CStJ FRACP FRCP FRCPE FRS was an esteemed Australian physician, medical scientist and army officer who played a significant role in the medical service of World War I and II. His research greatly advanced the field of tropical medicine.

Fairley was appointed as Consulting Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and as Wellcome Professor of Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine following his work in WWII. Fairley was knighted in 1950 in recognition of his tenacious and invaluable service. He remained active in his practice and continued to be a member of multiple committees until his death in 1966. Neil Hamilton Fairley is remembered as a visionary whose knowledge and persistence led to numerous vital contributions in medicine.

Read more about the life of Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley.

Terms & Conditions (Prizes)


Eligibility

Nominees:

  • can be a Fellow of The RACP or a non-Fellow
  • must be nominated by a Fellow of The RACP
  • cannot submit applications on their own behalf

Prize

The prize for The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal recipient includes:

  • The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal
  • attendance as a guest at the RACP College Ceremony to be formally presented with the Medal
  • full Congress registration (including Gala dinner) to attend the RACP Congress
  • return economy airfares and accommodation

Selection criteria

The nomination must provide evidence of the nominee’s outstanding contributions made to the field of medicine. The nominator must:

  1. express appreciation of these contributions made by the nominee and evaluate how these have positively impacted the field of medicine.
  2. provide details of these contributions, including specifying whether they were made in the field of research, teaching or clinical medicine.
  3. specify the standing of the nominee in his or her branch of medicine.

The Committee will take into consideration:

  • the contributions made by the nominee in relation to those of others (this is an essential part of the nomination)
  • whether the work has a strong and direct influence on the field of medicine

Selection process

Members of the Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) will consider nominations for the award and will make a recommendation about the merit of nominations to the RACP President and Board.

The Grants Advisory Committee may choose not to award the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal if they do not judge nominations to be of a sufficiently high standard.

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