College and Congress

John Sands Medal

Professor Stephen ClarkeProfessor Stephen Clarke OAM | 2020 recipient

Professor Stephen Clarke is a medical oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Northern Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney. He is the immediate Past Chair of the RACP NSW/ACT Regional Committee. He 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, a specialty society, 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.

As Chair of the NSW/ACT Regional Committee, Stephen has achieved a wide range of improvements including advocacy on improving physicians’ wellbeing, raising the importance of acute care training in the Basic Training curriculum, and leading the discussions on key health policies such as medicinal cannabis use and chemotherapy prescribing with internal and external stakeholders.

Stephen has always led by example in pursuing excellence in patient care, education and support of colleagues within the College. He is a well-respected physician-scientist and teacher and is now duly recognised with the John Sands Medal for his dedication to these endeavours.

Past recipients

2019 | Not awarded
2018 | Professor John Wilson
2017 | A/Professor Michael Hooper
2016 | Dr John O'Donnell
2015 | Professor David Isaacs

2014 | Dr Stephen Buckley, Dr David Burke, Dr Ki Douglas, Dr Paul Frankish, Dr Johan Morreau, Professor George Rubin, Dr Roger Tuck
2013 | A/Professor Peter Gow, Dr Robin Chase, Dr Anne Robertson, Dr Robert Gillett, Dr Catherine Yelland, Dr Leo Buchanan
2012 | Dr William Stone, Professor Michael South, Professor David Forbes, Professor Don Roberton, Dr Ann Gillett
2011 | Dr Glenys Arthur, Professor Elizabeth Elliott, Dr Bruce Hocking, Professor Craig Mellis, A/Professor Peter Procopis, Professor Ian Scott, Dr Geoffrey Robinson, Professor Brian Darlow
2010 | Dr Peter Greenberg, Dr Wilma Beswick, Dr Balakrishnan Nair AM, Dr David Russell, Dr Martin Searle
2009 | Dr Timothy Bohane, Dr Andrew Rosenberg, Dr Richard Wigley
2008 | A/Professor Richard Chye, Professor Richard Day, Professor Richard Jones, A/Professor Stephen Judd, Professor Peter van Asperen
2007 | Professor Louise Baur, Professor Peter Le Souëf, A/Professor George Skowronski, Dr Andrew Wilson
2006 | Dr Ion Alexander, Professor Dale Fisher, Clinical Professor Trevor Parry, A/Professor Paul Torzillo AM
2005 | Professor Edward Byrne, Dr Peter Holst, A/Professor Frederick Khafagi, Dr Ralph Pinnock, Dr Raymond Raper
2004 | Dr Alan Kerr, A/Professor Jeffrey Prebble OAM
2003 | A/Professor Ivan Donaldson, Dr Maxwell Morris, Professor Frank Oberklaid OAM, Professor Peter Ravenscroft, Dr George Salmond, Professor Neville Yeomans
2002 | A/Professor George Abbott, A/Professor Alexandra Bune, Professor Suphachai Chaithiraphan, Dr Jonathan Douglas, Dr Norman Marinovich, Dr John McNamara, Professor Nicholas Saunders
2001 | Professor John Court, Professor Ian Holdaway, Dr Peter Kennedy, Dr Peter Leslie OBE, Dr Rosie Tse-Tse Young
2000 | Professor Peter Brooks, A/Professor Richard King, Dr Michael Rice, Professor Ian Simpson
1999 | A/Professor Barry Colls, Dr Michael Loughhead, Professor Graham Macdonald, Professor Peter Phelan
1998 | Professor Donald Chisholm, Dr John Learmonth OAM, Dr Michael Quinlan, Dr Alan Walker AM, Dr Gregory Whelan
1997 | Dr Thomas Ferrier, Dr Peter Martin, Dr Peter Rothwell
1996 | Dr David Henderson, Dr Russell Clark, Professor John Horvath, Professor Michael Pain
1995 | Dr Owen Harris, Professor Colin Johnston, Dr Patricia Morey, Dame Norma Restieaux, Dr Paul Roy, Sir David Todd
1994 | A/Professor John Buchanan, Professor Peter Castaldi, Professor Chin Chew Hin, Professor Judith Whitworth
1993 | Professor John Duggan, Dr George Hall, Sir David Hay, Dr William Heath, Dr Marshall Luke
1992 | A/Professor Richard Burns, Dr John Greenaway, Professor John Scott, Dr John Stokes, Dr James Tiernan
1991 | Dr Gaston Bauer AM, Dr John Freeman, Dr Robert McLellan, Professor John North
1990 | Dr Ian Hislop, Dr Roderick Kater, Professor James Lawrence
1989 | Professor Donald Beaven, Dr James Gardiner, Dr R Turnbull, Dr Malcolm Watson
1988 | Professor John Beveridge, A/Professor Peter Ebeling, Professor Barry Firkin, Dr Bryan Gandevia, Dr Gavin Glasgow, Professor John Hunter, Professor Richard Joske, Dr Thomas Robertson
1987 | Not awarded
1986 | Dr Brian Billington, Dr John Landreth, Dr Richard Mulhearn, Professor Eric Saint, Dr Alan Skyring
1985 | Dr James Clarke, Dr John Fitzwater, Dr John Tweed, Sir Ian Wood
1984 | Dr John Billings, Professor Charles Blackburn, Dr Josiah Bonnin, Dr Maurice Clarke, Sir Edward Ford, Dr Harry Garlick, Dr Charles Riley


College Medal

Professor Douglas BridgeProfessor Douglas Bridge | 2020 recipient

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

He has provided outstanding contribution, being recognised by the award of the Hippocrates Award by the AMA (WA) in 2018. He has provided long and dedicated service to the RACP at senior leadership levels in education and is a past President of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine. He has always strongly believed that our patients are our most important teachers, provided we take the time to listen. He is a worthy recipient of the College Medal.

Past recipients

2019 | A/Professor John 'Will' Cairns, Professor Stephen Clarke OAM, Dr Jurriaan de Groot
2018 | Professor Judith Savige
2017 | Not awarded
2016 | A/Professor Sanghamitra Guha, A/Professor Susan Moloney, Professor Robert Michael Whitby
2015 | Dr Peter Chauvel, A/Professor Alasdair MacDonald, Dr Barry Taylor

2014 | Not awarded
2013 | Not awarded
2012 | Not awarded
2011 | Dr Peter Colville
2010 | Dr Wing Cheong Chan, Dr Rufus Clarke, Dr Noel Hayman, Dr Thomas Woolard
2009 | Dr Katherine Brown, Dr Vernon Hill, Dr Garry Pearce
2008 | Dr Joseph Sandanam
2007 | Not awarded
2006 | Dr Alexander Cameron, Dr Gabrielle Collison
2005 | A/Professor Robert Ali, Dr Alex Ganora, Dr Richard Gun
2004 | Dr David Douglas, Dr Niki Ellis, Dr Kerry Kirke AM, Dr Elisabeth Murphy, Dr Conrad Winer
2003 | Dr Ian Gardner, Professor Ian Riley, Dr Gerald Ryan, Professor Malcolm Sim


Eric Susman Prize

Professor Merlin ThomasProfessor Merlin Thomas | 2019 recipient

Professor Merlin Thomas is a clinician scientist and program leader in the Department of Diabetes at Monash University. Merlin is widely recognized as a researcher, educator and medical storyteller with over 300 publications to his name, as well as best selling books, 'The Longevity List' and 'Fast Living, Slow Ageing'. His research program is focused on understanding the mechanisms of diabetic complications and developing new opportunities for their prevention and treatment.

Past recipients

2018 | Professor Ranjeny Thomas
2017 | Professor Christopher Fairley, Professor Andrew Roberts
2016 | Professor Ostoja (Steve) Vucic
2015 | Professor Richard Pestell

2014 | Professor Rinaldo Bellomo AO
2013 | A/Professor Diane Fatkin
2012 | Professor Stephen Clarke
2011 | Professor John Rasko AO
2010 | Professor Stephen Kent
2009 | Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO
2008 | A/Professor Matthew Kiernan
2007 | A/Professor Geoffrey Lindeman
2006 | A/Professor Timothy Hughes
2005 | Professor Jonathan Kalman AO
2004 | Professor Richard Gilbert
2003 | A/Professor David Kaye
2002 | A/Professor Robert McLachlan
2001 | Professor Bartholomew Currie
2000 | Professor Michael Horowitz
1999 | A/Professor Mark Cooper AO
1998 | A/Professor David Celermajer AO
1997 | A/Professor Peter Fuller
1996 | Dr Glenn Begley
1995 | Professor John Eisman AO
1994 | Professor David Handelsman AO
1993 | A/Professor Samuel Berkovic AC AM
1992 | Professor Graham Brown
1991 | Professor Richard Kefford AM
1990 | Not awarded
1989 | Professor Hatem Salem AM
1988 | Professor Geoffrey Farrell
1987 | Professor Leonard Harrison
1986 | Dr Frank Shann AM
1985 | Professor Mathew Vadas AO
1984 | Professor John Funder AC AO
1983 | Professor Murray Esler
1982 | Professor Richard Larkins AC AO
1981 | Dr Martin van der Weyden
1980 | Dr Gregor Lawrence
1979 | Professor Ian McKenzie AM
1978 | Professor Bryan Emmerson AO
1977 | Professor Donald Metcalf AC
1976 | Professor Lawrie Powell
1975 | Professor Henry Burger AO
1974 | Professor Thomas Martin
1973 | Dr Jack Hansky AM
1972 | Professor Michael Denborough AC
1971 | Professor Gordon de Gruchy
1970 | Dr Jack Hirsh
1969 | Dr Kevin Catt
1968 | Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith
1967 | Dr Paul Nestel AO
1966 | Dr Ian Mackay
1965 | A/Professor Barry Firkin
1964 | Professor Basil Hetzel AC
1963 | Not awarded
1962 | Professor John Read


RACP International Medal

Dr Kamalini LokugeDr Kamalini Lokuge OAM | 2020 recipient

Dr Kamalini Lokuge is an internationally recognised leader in front-line humanitarian clinical response, having worked in some of the most challenging, crisis-affected contexts in the world.

The significance and impact of her services to global health are reflected in her receipt of a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and an Overseas Service Medal in 2019 for her work during the West African Ebola outbreak.

Through her ongoing partnerships, front-line provision of medical care and high-impact research, Kamalini demonstrates her commitment to improving health services for disadvantaged communities during humanitarian emergencies and long after they have left the headlines. As the senior epidemiologist for MSF in Conakry, Guinea (seconded from Australian National University) during early stages of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Kamalini was identified by the New York Times as the first epidemiologist to warn of the scale of the impending outbreak.

Kamalini has been invited to provide expert evidence to Australian Parliamentary committees on global health issues based on her research as well as present at a number of high-level international forums, including the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017. Key partners and end-users have further testified to the significant impact of her contribution to improving health outcomes in humanitarian settings.

Past recipients

2019 | Dr Christine Sanderson
2018 | Dr Phillip du Cros
2017 | Professor Maxine Whittaker
2016 | Professor David Brewster


RACP Medal for Clinical Services in Rural and Remote Areas

Professor Gerard CarrollProfessor Gerard Carroll AM | 2020 recipient

Regional Australia owes much to Professor Gerard Carroll for his tireless work to redress the metropolitan/rural divide in medicine. He has developed his personal cardiology practice while building a skilled and well-equipped team of cardiologists in an inland city that's 250 kilometres from the nearest capital city. This cardiology team services the needs of the greater Riverina region.

Gerard professional leadership has not been confined to his specialty. He has led advances in cancer services and palliative care in Wagga Wagga and the region. He was central in the development of rural obstetric training throughout Australia.

He has doggedly advocated at professional, public and political levels for the people of Wagga Wagga and the Riverina. He has created a local medical education and training hub, ensuring an ongoing presence of medical specialists in regional, rural and remote communities in the Riverina and beyond.

Recently, Gerard has established a successful cardiology practice in inner Sydney, reversing the trend and tearing down the most pervasive shibboleth about rural medicine – that moving in the bush is a career-ending decision. Far from it.

Past recipients

2019 | Dr Peter Goss
2018 | Dr Nalini Pati
2017 | Dr Simon Quilty, Dr Frank Wagner
2016 | Dr Stephen Brady, A/Professor Adam Scheinberg
2015 | Dr Charles Kilburn, Dr John Malcolm, Dr Kunwarjit Sangla

2014 | Adjunct A/Professor Gabriel Shannon
2013 | Not awarded
2012 | A/Professor Ashim Sinha, Dr John Hurley
2011 | Dr Valda Ahern, Dr Robert Brodribb, Dr Neil MacKenzie, Dr Christopher Moyes
2010 | Dr Donald Adsett
2009 | Dr Alan Parsons
2008 | Dr Paul Bauert, Dr Philip Tideman, Dr Leonard Tucker
2007 | Dr Howard Flavell, Dr Diane Howard, Dr Ross Messer
2006 | A/Professor Leslie Bolitho, Dr Ross Diplock
2005 | Dr Thomas Henderson, Dr Robert Ziffer
2004 | Dr Llew Davies, Dr Peter Eastaugh, Dr Ian Smee, Dr Nigel Stewart
2003 | Dr Raymond Lindsey, Dr Peter Vine
2002 | Dr Clive Hadfield
2001 | Dr Rufus McLeay
2000 | Dr Michael Williams
1999 | Dr John Erlich
1998 | Dr David Lo


RACP Mentor of the Year

Associate Professor Sarah CherianClinical Associate Professor Sarah Cherian | 2020 recipient

Clinical Associate Professor Sarah Cherian is a general paediatrician and the Clinical Lead of the multidisciplinary Perth Children’s Hospital Refugee Health Service. She has worked in paediatric refugee health since 2005. Sarah has extensive clinical, research, advocacy and policy experience in the field of refugee health and trauma-informed care for vulnerable populations including patients with limited English proficiency.

In addition to her clinical work, Sarah has been committed to mentoring, supporting and teaching students and trainees in the clinical, College and research domains for many years. She has been the Director of Clinical Training at Princess Margaret Hospital/Perth Children's Hospital since 2009 and is affiliated with the Division of Paediatrics (University of Western Australia). Sarah tries to role model work-life balance, working part-time and managing a family of three young children.

Past recipients

2019 | Dr Jeremy McAnulty
2018 | A/ Professor Apo Demikol
2017 | Professor Derek Chew
2016 | Dr Amalie Wilke
2015 | Professor Craig Mellis

2014 | Dr Peter Roper
2013 | Dr Habibur Bhurawala, Dr Rosemary Fahy, Dr Stella Milsom
2012 | Not awarded
2011 | Dr Peter Davoren, Professor Peter Fuller, Dr Harriet Hiscock, Dr John Masson
2010 | Not awarded
2009 | A/Professor David Burgner, A/Professor Sanghamitra Guha, Professor Constance Katelaris
2008 | Dr Peter Eastaugh, Dr David Krieser, Dr Gokulan Pavendranathan, A/Professor Ashim Sinha, Dr Martin Stockler
2007 | Dr Peter Eastaugh, Dr Fary Khan, Dr Vasikaran Naganathan, Dr Laila Rotstein


RACP Trainee of the Year

Dr Hashrul RashidDr Hashrul N. Rashid | 2020 recipient

Dr Hashrul Rashid graduated with honours from Monash University in 2011 and later pursued physicians training at Monash Health. During his clinical training, Hashrul was awarded the 2013 Victorian Junior Doctor of the Year, 2014 Monash Health Resident of the Year and the Monash Health Excellence in Medical Education Award in 2016. He completed his RACP Basic Training examinations and Membership of Royal College of Physicians (UK) examinations concurrently in 2015. Hashrul recently completed his cardiology training at Monash Health, with 6-month rotations at Western and Peninsula Health.

Hashrul has published extensively in the field of cardiovascular medicine and has presented at numerous international conferences. He has received numerous research awards including the 2017 Monash Health Clinical Research Award, 2019 Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Registrar Research Prize and twice awarded the TCT Asia Pacific Best Abstract Award in 2016 and 2018. Previously, he was invited to present a State-of-the-Art lecture at ESC Congress and will be presenting a Late-Breaking Trial presentation at TCT Asia Pacific.

Currently, Hashrul is completing a PhD at Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre (Monash University), on the role of CT in transcatheter aortic valve replacements. His thesis is currently supported by the RACP Kincaid-Smith Scholarship, NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship and the National Heart Foundation Australia. Hashrul acknowledges numerous mentors and colleagues that has helped shape his career, alongside his wife and two daughters for being his inspiration.

Past recipients

2019 | Dr Cameron Gofton, Dr Te Aro Moxon
2018 | Dr Daryl Cheng
2017 | Dr Ross Roberts-Thomson
2016 | Dr Evan Jolliffe
2015 | Dr Tamara Mackean

2014 | Dr Jim Newcombe
2013 | Not awarded
2012 | Dr Shopna Bag
2011 | Dr Josh Francis
2010 | Dr Bradley Gardiner
2009 | Dr Zoë Raos


Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

Awarded every five years.

2017 | Professor Roger Reddel
2012 | Professor Colin Sullivan AO
2006 | Dr Barry Marshall AC, Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine)
1993 | Professor Donald Metcalf, AC
1988 | Professor Austin Doyle AO

1984 | Dr Stanley Goulston AO MC
1979 | Professor Charles 'Ruthven' Blackburn AC
1974 | Dr Ian Wood MBE
1969 | Sir Edward Ford OBE


RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize

2019 | Kapowairua Stephens
2018 | Dr Kiri Diack
2017 | Dr Tara Purcell
2016 | Marlene Kong
2015 | Natasha Martin, Anika Tiplady
2014 | Dr Cara Lucas
2013 | Dr Angela Wood


RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

Adult Medicine

2019 | Dr Stephen Bacchi (SA), Dr Benjamin Cailes (Vic), Dr Martin Hansen (NT), Dr Panchi Kumarasinghe (WA), Dr Prianka Puri (NSW/ACT), Dr Adam Stewart (Qld), Dr Chang-Ho Yoon (Aotearoa NZ), Dr Jasmine Zhu (Tas)

Paediatrics & Child Health

2019 | Dr Sam Brophy-Williams (WA), Dr Emily Cripps (Tas), Dr Alison Freeth (NSW/ACT), Dr Matthew Lynch (NT), Dr Sarah Primhak (Aotearoa NZ), Dr Robyn Silcock (Qld), Dr Eva Sudbury (Vic)

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