RACP Trainee Research Awards

Trainees from Australia and New Zealand are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentation for the 2018 RACP Trainee Research Award events being held in New Zealand, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. See ​​regional application dates.

Why should trainees take part? 

Trainees who take out top honours at their regional event are invited to have their abstracts published in the Internal Medicine Journal or Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. They are also given the opportunity to attend the RACP Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, in May 2019.

Who is eligible? 

Applicants must be:

  • RACP Trainees* enrolled in one or more of the following:
    • Division of Adult Medicine
    • Division of Paediatrics & Child Health
    • Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    • Faculty of Public Health Medicine
    • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
    • Chapter of Addiction Medicine
    • Chapter of Palliative Medicine
    • Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine  

*It is recognised that by the time the Congress is held the following year an award nominee may have become a Fellow.

What is the prize?

As part of the Congress opportunity, trainees receive paid return airfares from their place of nomination to RACP Congress, accommodation for three nights (including breakfast), complimentary registration (including Trainees’ Day) and an official acknowledgement and certificate at the Congress Gala Dinner.

What is the application and selection process? 

  1. Read the Terms & Conditions (Prizes)
  2. Submit your abstract following the provided guidelines to your local RACP state, territory or New Zealand office via email
  3. A selection panel assesses the abstracts to ensure they meet the required standard to fulfil the selection criteria
  4. The panel invites shortlisted applicants to give an oral presentation of their abstract at a regional event
    1. Each presenter is allocated a maximum 12 minutes for their presentation
    2. A maximum three (3) minutes is available for questions and answers
    3. A minimum of three judges will judge each award session
    4. Judges are identified and acknowledged at the start of judging
  5. A judging panel selects two winners per region — one in the field of adult medicine and another in the field of paediatric medicine
  6. Regional winners receive the opportunity to attend RACP Congress 2019 and meet their counterparts from other states and territories, or New Zealand

When are the Trainee Research Awards taking place in the regions?

Western Australia
Submissions open: Monday 2 July
Submissions close: Friday 31 August
Presentation dates:

  • Adult - Wednesday 10 October at the RACP WA State Office
  • Paediatrics - Thursday 7 November at the Perth Children’s Hospital,​ Education Centre Hospital Avenue, Nedlands

Northern Territory
Submissions open: Saturday 21 July
Submissions close: Saturday 15 September
Presentation date: Saturday 27 October at Charles Darwin University

South Australia
Submissions open: Saturday 25 August
Submissions close: Saturday 20 October
Presentation date: Saturday 1 December at the Adelaide Convention Centre

Victoria
Submissions open: Wednesday 11 July
Submissions close: Wednesday 5 September
Presentation date: Wednesday 10 October at the RACP Victorian Office

Queensland
Submissions open: Friday 8 June
Submissions close: Saturday 29 September
Presentation date: Wednesday 7 November at the RACP QLD Office

New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory
Submissions open: Monday 30 July
Submissions close: Monday 24 September
Presentation date: Thursday 25 October at the RACP Sydney Office

Tasmania
Submissions open: ​Wednesday 1 August
Submissions close: ​Friday 28 September
Presentation date: Friday 2 November, location TBA

New Zealand
Submissions open: 1 June 2018
Submissions close: 8 August 2018
Presentation dates:

  • Adult - Thursday 25 October at the RACP Wellington Office
  • Paediatrics - Thursday 8 November at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand 70th Annual Scientific Meeting

What is the selection criteria?

Winners are selected based on:

  • Content (originality, significance and importance)
  • The presentation (clarity of verbal communication, use of visual aids)
  • How well they contribute to the discussion

Other considerations:

  • Trainees must have contributed strongly to the concept and execution of their Abstract and presentation, with preference given to primary authors
  • Submitted material may have been published or presented to a specialty society, Faculty or Chapter Meeting
  • No winner will be selected if judges deem material is not of a sufficiently high standard
  • The names of award winners will be published in relevant RACP newsletters and/or eBulletins
  • Change of use of the prize will only be considered for exceptional circumstances

How are the Awards funded? 

Generous donations from RACP Fellows and trainees ensure the RACP Trainee Research Awards can take place.

Contact us 

For more information on the RACP Trainee Research Awards, please contact your local RACP state, territory or New Zealand office.


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