Gerry Murphy Prize

Submissions closed 15 September 2022.

The Gerry Murphy Prize is awarded annually to the best oral presentation by an Advanced Trainee of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM).

Trainees across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand have the opportunity to present on public health issues at competitions hosted by the AFPHM Regional Committees.

Selected finalists from these events will represent their region and compete for the overall Gerry Murphy Prize at the 2023 RACP Congress.

The Prize is made possible through a generous bequest by the late Dr Gerry Murphy FAFPHM.

Regional competitions

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WA/QLD Wednesday 2 November 2022 5:00pm to 6:00pm (WA)
7:00pm to 8:00pm (QLD)
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NSW Wednesday 9 November 2022 6:00pm to 7:00pm AEDT Register
SA/ACT Wednesday 16 November 2022 5:30pm to 6:30pm (SA)
6:00pm to 7:00pm (ACT)
ACDT/AEDT Register
NT Thursday 24 November 2022 1:00pm to 2:30pm ACST Register
Tas Tuesday 29 November 2022 5:00pm to 6:00pm AEDT Register
AoNZ Rāapa 30 Whiringa-ā-rangi 2022 | Wednesday 30 November 2022 6:30pm to 9:00pm NZDT Register
Vic Tuesday 6 December 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm AEDT Register


You must be a trainee currently enrolled in the Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine Program.

Past Gerry Murphy Prize winners and regional finalists are eligible to apply again.


Finalists will be selected to represent their region and compete for the overall Gerry Murphy Prize at the 2023 RACP Congress. They will receive:

  • full trainee RACP Congress registration
  • return economy domestic or trans-Tasman airfares for travel to and from their home town to the Congress city
  • a ticket to the Faculty Dinner

The Gerry Murphy Prize winner receives:

  • $500 prize money (in AUD or NZD based on the recipient's region)
  • a certificate signed by the AFPHM President
  • copies of The People's Health – Volume 1: Public Health in Australia 1788 – 1950 and Volume 2: Public Health in Australia 1950 – Present, by Dr Milton Lewis FAFPHM


Read the terms and conditions before applying.

Applications must be submitted to in a single PDF file, including:

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

Selection process

All trainees will have 10 minutes maximum for their presentation and a further 3 to 5 minutes for questions.

  • The regional competition judging panels consist of at least 3 AFPHM Fellows.
  • The judging criteria will consider:
    • the AFPHM Oral Presentation Assessment criteria, which forms part of the Advanced Training in Public Health Medicine program
    • the extent that a trainee covers background, objectives, methodology, results and implications
    • additional criteria relating to quality of project and importance of finding
  • A finalist is announced at the end of each regional competition.
  • All finalists will be contacted by the RACP Foundation and provided details about the competition final.

Note: Trainees may choose to submit the judgement outcome as part of their overall assessment. They must select this option on the application form or advise the AFPHM Executive Officer of this choice prior to the competition.

It's the responsibility of the trainee to lodge the assessment.

All AFPHM Regional Committees reserve the right not to nominate a regional finalist if all submissions or presentations fail to meet a sufficiently high standard.

Final competition

The final competition judging panel consists of at least 3 AFPHM Fellows. A winner is announced at the end of the competition. 

The final competition will be held at the 2023 RACP Congress.

For information on Gerry Murphy Prize regional competition events, contact the AFPHM.

Contact the RACP Foundation for all other enquiries about the Gerry Murphy Prize and the final competition.

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