Howard Williams Medal

Nominations closed Monday 12 August 2019.

The Howard Williams Medal officially acknowledges 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 or New Zealand.

The Medal is awarded by the College each year at RACP Congress, where the recipient also is given the opportunity to give an oration regarding their contribution.

Learn more about the life of Dr Howard Williams.


A nominee must be a Fellow of the Paediatric & Child Health Division. Only in exceptional circumstances will a non-Fellow nomination be considered.

A nominee is ineligible if they submit a nomination on their own behalf.


The Howard Williams Medal recipient receives:

  • the Howard Williams Medal, presented at College Ceremony at the RACP Congress 2020 in Melbourne
  • 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 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 national/international publications, and other international forums. This can include 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 Indigenous groups, refugee groups, rural and remote areas and/or low socioeconomic groups

Selection process

All nominations will be assessed based on the outlined Selection Criteria.

The Paediatric & Child Health Council reserves the right not to award the Medal if all nominations received do not 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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