Rue Wright Memorial Award

Submission now open via RACP Congress website, closing Wednesday 23 December 2020.

The Rue Wright Memorial Award is presented to the applicant who best demonstrates excellence of hypothesis, scientific merit and relevance to community child health in an oral presentation at the RACP Congress.

The Award is named in honour of Dr Rue Wright who was a significant founder of The Australian Child Health Medical Association (ACHMA). The ACHMA, founded in 1984, was the first Australian association of community child health doctors.


Applications will be considered from:

  • Fellows of the RACP
  • trainees of the RACP
  • members of the Chapter of Community Child Health (CCCH)


The successful recipient receives AUD$1500 and a certificate.


Read the terms and conditions and the abstract guidelines before you submit.

Your submitted abstract must be on work undertaken in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand, relating to children with special needs or population paediatrics in one the following categories:

  • child development and behaviour
  • child disability
  • child protection
  • child health surveillance and screening
  • health promotion
  • health protection and disease control

You must indicate that you’re applying for the Rue Wright Memorial Award.


You can submit your abstract for multiple awards. Ensure you meet the all the relevant criteria and select the awards you wish to be considered for through the online application.

Selection process

A Paediatrics and Child Health Division Working Group reviews all abstract submissions and selects those of a sufficiently high standard for presentation.

Selected applicants will be notified by the RACP Foundation and briefed about their presentation at RACP Congress.

Note: You must be registered to attend RACP Congress to be able to present.

A Judging Panel will adjudicate the abstract presentations at RACP Congress.

The recipient's must give permission for their winning abstract to be published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Publication of abstracts is at the discretion of the Journal’s Editor in Chief.

For more information on the Rue Wright Memorial Award, contact us.

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