Howard Williams Medal

Nominations are now open.

Nominations Close: Thursday, 9 August 2018, 5.00 p.m. AEDT

The Paediatrics & Child Health Division officially acknowledges a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of children and young people in Australia or New Zealand. The RACP awards the Howard Williams Medal each year at RACP Congress, where the recipient may have the opportunity to give an oration regarding their contribution. 

Fellows and trainees are invited to nominate a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to Paediatrics & Child Health in Australia or New Zealand.

Read more about the life of Howard Williams.

Who is eligible? 

Nominees must be:

  • A Fellow of the RACP (nominations of non-Fellows will only be considered where there are exceptional circumstances)
  • Nominated by another party

The nominee must not:

  • Submit a nomination on their own behalf

What is the prize? 

The prize for the recipient of the Howard Williams Medal includes:

  • The Howard Williams Medal
  • Full congress registration (including attendance at the Congress Dinner)
  • Return economy airfares and up to three nights' accommodation  

The recipient will receive the medal at the RACP Congress, where they may have the opportunity to give an oration regarding their contribution.

How do I nominate someone? 

  1. Read the Terms & Conditions (Prizes)
  2. Download the Nomination Form
  3. Provide an appreciation and evaluation of the contributions of the nominee, including details of the contribution made by the person nominated and the impact of the contribution.
  4. Submit the nomination form and supporting documentation in PDF format to foundation@racp.edu.au

What ​is the selection criteria? 

The Paediatric & Child Health Council will judge nominations based on the following selection criteria. 

The nominee must have 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

    • 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 may 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, including from: ◦Indigenous groups
    • Refugee groups
    • Rural and remote areas
    • Low socioeconomic groups 

The Paediatric & Child Health Council may choose not to award the Howard Williams Medal if they do not receive nominations that sufficiently meet the criteria. 

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

Past Recipients

Contact us 

For more information on the Howard Williams Medal, please contact the RACP Foundation at foundation@racp.edu.au

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