Gerry Murphy Prize

Dates will be advertised within your local region, and also via the AFPHM eBulletin

Regional competition dates:

Contact AFPHM or

Abstracts are to be submitted using the Abstract (PDF 60KB) template


The Gerry Murphy Prize was made possible due to a generous bequest to support an annual prize to the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine from the late Dr Gerry Murphy AFPHM.  


Regional finalists selected to represent their region at the national competition, to be held at the RACP Congress in Sydney, 14 - 16 May 2018, will receive: 

  • Full trainee-rate registration for Congress
  • Return economy airfares for travel to and from home town to the Congress
  • Invitation to the AFPHM President's Dinner at Congress

The national ​recipient of the Gerry Murphy Prize receives a certificate signed by the AFPHM President, $500.00, and "The People's Health" written by Faculty Fellow, Dr Milton Lewis

The People's Health

Volume 1: Public Health in Australia 1788 - 1950
Volume 2: Public Health in Australia 1950 - Present

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

  1. Applicants must be trainees currently enrolled in the AFPHM training program.
  2. Regional presentations are scored using:
    a. the criteria for the Oral Presentation Assessment which forms part of the AFPHM training program and the outcome may be used as part of the trainee assessment;
    b. Additional criteria relating to Quality of Project and Importance of ​Finding.
  3. It is the responsibility of the trainee to lodge the assessment if they wish to submit it as part of their overall assessment.
  4. Presentations at the national competition will also be scored using the above criteria but the outcome will not be included as part of the trainee's overall assessment.
  5. Presentations must be no longer than 10 minutes and up to a further 5 minutes will be allocated for questions.
  6. Judges will take into consideration the extent to which the trainee covers background, objectives, methodology, results and implications. If there are no ​submissions of a sufficiently high standard, the prize will not be awarded. 
  7. There will be a minimum of three judges who are AFPHM Fellows for the regional and national competitions.
  8. The Regional representatives will be announced at the end of the regional competition.
  9. A Regional Representative may receive the national prize more than once. 
  10. The ​recipient of the national prize will be announced at the end of the session and the presentation will take place at the AFPHM President's Dinner.

The Terms & Conditions (Prizes) (PDF 70KB) will apply.

Please refer to the below table for regional competition dates:


Regional competition date

Australian Capital  Territory

Wednesday, 4 October

New South Wales

Thursday, 12 October

Northern Territory

Saturday, 28 October


Wednesday, 30 August

South Australia

Tuesday, 14 November




​Tuesday, 10 October

Western Australia

Monday, 27 November

For further details contact AFPHM or

National Presentations

For further details contact RACP Foundation at

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