Howard Williams Medal

Nominations closed Monday 17 August 2020.

The Howard Williams Medal recognises a member of the Paediatrics & Child Health Division who has made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of children and young people in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Medal is awarded by the College each year at RACP Congress, where the recipient gives an oration regarding their contribution.

Learn more about the life of Dr Howard Williams, who the honour is named after.

Professor Louise BaurProfessor Louise Baur AM | 2020 Howard Williams Medal recipient

Louise Baur is the Professor and Head of Child & Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney and Head of Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School. She is a senior consultant paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network as an active member and former Head of Weight Management Services. Louise has worked in many clinical, public health and policy aspects of paediatric obesity and nutrition. She is currently Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood. Louise is a Founding Fellow and Member of Council of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Science. In 2010 Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine and to the community.

See past Howard Williams Medal recipients.


Nominees must be:

  • a Fellow of the RACP's Paediatrics & Child Health Division
  • nominated by a Fellow or trainee of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters

Nominees cannot submit a nomination on their own behalf.

A non-Fellow may be considered in exceptional circumstances only.


The Howard Williams Medal recipient receives:

  • the Howard Williams Medal, presented at College Ceremony during RACP Congress 2021 in Brisbane
  • full Congress registration, including the gala dinner
  • return economy airfares and up to 3 nights' accommodation to attend College Ceremony
  • an invitation to give an oration on their contributions as part of the RACP Congress program

Selection criteria

You must demonstrate how your nominee has made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of children and young people in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand in one or more of the following areas:

1. Education and teaching

  • Evidence of national and/or international contribution to leadership and innovation in teaching and professional education by the nominee.
  • Involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate education at a national and/or international level.

2. Research

  • Research contributions of national and/or international significance with dissemination in peer reviewed publications (national/international) and other international forums, including presentations by invitation in plenary sessions at meetings of national and/or international significance.
  • Evidence of national and/or international competitive research funding.

3. Professional service and leadership

  • Recognition as an expert in child and/or youth health at a national and/or international level.
  • Leadership in national and/or international organisations.
  • Senior administrative leadership in university, hospital or other professional organisations.

4. Policy and advocacy

  • Involvement in the development of policy at a national and/or international level.
  • Recognition as an advocate for children and young people at a national and/or international level.

5. Contribution to disadvantaged groups

  • Evidence of contribution locally, nationally and/or internationally to disadvantaged children and young people, including:
    • Indigenous groups
    • refugee groups
    • rural and remote areas
    • low socioeconomic groups

Selection process

All nominations will be assessed based on the outlined selection criteria.

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division Council reserves the right not to award the Medal if all nominations received don't meet the selection criteria.

Unsuccessful nominations, that are of sufficient quality, can be carried over to the following year upon request.

For more information about the Howard Williams Medal, contact the RACP Foundation.

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