Howard Williams Medal

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Download Nomination form (doc 110KB)

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.

The RACP invites Fellows and trainees to submit an application to the Howard Williams Medal nominating a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to Paediatrics & Child Health in Australia or New Zealand.

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
• Return economy airfares from the recipient’s home town to the RACP Congress
• Accommodation for up to three nights
• Full congress registration (including attendance at the Congress Dinner)
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) (PDF 70KB)
2. Download the Nomination Form (doc 110KB)
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 are 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 may, upon request, be carried over to the following year.

Further information please contact the RACP Foundation: foundation@racp.edu.au


Past Award Recipients

2017

Professor Elizabeth Elliott

2016

Professor Dinah Reddihough

2015

Professor John Septimus Whitehall

2014

Professor Jane Harding

2013

Professor Edwin Mitchell

2012

Professor Graham Vimpani

2011

Professor John Boulton

2010

Professor Don Roberton

2009

Professor Frank Oberklaid

2008

Professor Graeme Barnes

2007

Professor Kim Oates AM

2006

Professor Margaret Burgess

2005

Professor David Henderson Smart

2004

Professor Peter Phelan

2003

Professor Peter Gluckman

2002

Professor John Pearn

2001

Professor Arthur Clark

2000

Professor Fiona Stanley

1999

Professor Lou Landau

1998

Dr Michael Rice

1997

Dr John Court

1996

Dr Alan Walker

1995

Emeritus Professor John Beveridge

1994

Dr Bill Kitchen

1993

Professor Ian Lewis

1992

Professor John Biddulph

1991

Dr Max Robinson

1990

Dr Frank Shann

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