AFOEM Essay Prize

Applications closed 31 October 2022.

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Essay Prize is awarded for excellence in occupational medicine; demonstrated either through the best essay written additional to curriculum requirements, or the best research project or assignment submitted in the assessment of courses in occupational or environmental health (either as a requirement or optionally).

Dr Jonathan Drew | 2021 recipient

foundation-afoem-essay-prize-winner-dr-jonathan-drewJonathan is from Nelson, Aotearoa New Zealand. He completed his medical degree at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2021. He is currently working as a House Officer (PGY-1 junior doctor) at Dunedin Hospital. He has a strong interest in Planetary Health—an emerging field that examines the inter-relationships between human health and environmental health—and has undertaken research relating to both food and health system sustainability. His honours thesis (completed as part of a Bachelor of Medical Sciences with Honours degree during his undergraduate medical training) examined the climate change impacts of New Zealand foods and dietary patterns. More recently, he undertook a systematic review of environmental impact assessments relating to surgical and anaesthetic care provision. This work was published in 2020 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. In the future, he hopes to specialise in either Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine or Public Health Medicine..


Applicants must be either:

  • a medical student deemed eligible by the Dean of their medical faculty, depending on year level and studied curriculum, or
  • a medical intern or have graduated from your internship in the previous year (this allows you to present material from your final year).


The winner receives AUD$1000.


Read the terms and conditions before applying.

Your application must be submitted in a single PDF file to and include:

  • a completed application form
  • your essay of up to 2000 words (additional to curriculum requirements), research project or assignment (either additional to, or part of, the curriculum requirements) on any topic in the fields of occupational or environmental health
  • a letter of support from your medical institution

You can submit formal published researcher papers provided they identify any contributions by additional authors or supervisors.

The College Conflicts Of Interest Policy (PDF) and Privacy Policy apply.

Selection process

If there are no applications of sufficiently high standard, the AFOEM Education Committee will not award a prize.

For more information about this prize, contact the RACP Foundation.

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