AFOEM Essay Prize

Applications closed 31 October 2021.

The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) Essay Prize is awarded for demonstrated excellence through essay, research project or assignment form as required by a curriculum or course in occupational or environmental health.

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 completed your internship in the previous year – presenting material from your final year


The successful recipient receives AUD$1000.

Selection process

The AFOEM Education Committee reserves the right to not award the prize if no applications received meet the sufficient standard.

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

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