The John Sands College Medal

Nominations are now closed

Closing date:  Monday, 25 September 2017

The John Sands College Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to the welfare of the RACP. This award provides an opportunity to recognise the substantial and influential contribution the award recipient has made.

The RACP awards this prestigious annual prize once per year at the Congress Ceremony. Nominees who meet the criteria but are not deemed the recipient of The John Sands College Medal will be considered for the College Medal in recognition of their outstanding service to the welfare of the College. 

The Fellowship Committee will consider nominations for both medals and will make award recommendations to the Board.

What is the prize?

The prize for The John Sands College Medal recipient includes: 

  • The John Sands College Medal
  • return economy airfares, three nights' accommodation
  • full Congress registration to attend the College Ceremony to receive the award (includes the Gala dinner)

This prize is funded by a bequest from the late Dr John Sands.

The College Medal will be presented at the College Ceremony at the RACP Congress.

Who is eligible?

Nominees must be:

  • A Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, its Faculties or Chapters
  • Nominated by a Fellow or trainee of the RACP

Nominees must not:

  • Submit an application on their own behalf
  • Be a current RACP Board member
  • Be a current RACP staff member
  • Have attained the office of President of the RACP
  • Be a previous recipient of The John Sands College Medal

How do I nominate someone?

  1. Read the Terms & Conditions (Prizes) (PDF 318KB)
  2. Submit a nomination in PDF format to, including:

a. A nomination form (.doc 120KB) that addresses the selection criteria
b. Supporting documentation
c. Two letters of support addressing the selection criteria

What are the selection criteria?

The nomination you provide must address all of the following selection criteria:

  1. Contribution to the RACP
    The nominee must have made a significant and sustained contribution to the welfare of the RACP over a period of years.
  2. Teaching and professional education to future and current physicians
    The nomination should show evidence of the candidate's leadership and innovation in teaching and professional education to RACP trainees. They must demonstrate a significant commitment to
    mentoring and training current trainees and improving educational standards and methodology.
  3. Advocacy
    The nominee must have performed significant advocacy on behalf of the RACP in policy, research
    or other areas of importance 
  4. Professional Leadership
    The nominee must display outstanding leadership through their primary roles and contributions on Working Groups and/or Committees within the RACP.
  5. Representation
    The nominee must have done one or more of the following:
    • played an integral role in representing the RACP in the international arena and/or international affairs
    • played an integral role in establishing and maintaining relationships and/or collaborations with international or domestic organisations on behalf of the RACP
    • Promoted the RACP within Australia and/or New Zealand
  6. Acknowledgment
    The nominator's submission must reference the contributions of the nominee and must include details on how these contributions have meaningfully impacted the RACP and its activities.
    The assessment of the contribution of the nominee in relation to others is emphasised as being an essential part of the nomination.

The ​Board may choose not to award The John Sands College Medal and College Medal if they do not receive nominations that sufficiently meet the criteria.

Contact us

For more information on The John Sands College Medal, please contact the RACP Foundation at

Past Award Recipients

Past award recipients are listed here

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