RACP President's Indigenous Congress Prize

Applications for 2018 will open in October 2017

The RACP offers the RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize to medical students, junior medical officers and physician trainees who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent. 

The purpose of this initiative is to:

  • Provide an educational opportunity
  • Network with peers and meet influential healthcare professionals
  • Develop an awareness of career opportunities as a physician and the activities of the RACP
  • Raise awareness of the work being done by the RACP to help Close the Gap and achieve equitable access to health and better outcomes for Indigenous people
  • Support an understanding of the health of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori peoples
The Prize will support a medical student, junior medical officer or trainee physician to attend the RACP Congress 2017, which takes place from 8 to 10 May in Melbourne.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must:

1. Identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Māori descent
2. Be studying, researching or working in a field of medicine, medical science or medical education at
     an undergraduate, postgraduate or trainee level

What is the prize?

The prize for the RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize recipient includes:

  • Return economy airfares from home town to the RACP Congress
  • Up to three nights’ accommodation at a hotel nominated by the Congress Managers
  • Full Trainee Registration (4 days) or Medical Student Registration (4 days)

How do I apply?

To apply for the RACP President’s Indigenous Congress Prize:

1. Read the Terms and Conditions (Prizes) (PDF 318KB)
2. Submit the following documents in PDF format to foundation@racp.edu.au
    a. A completed Application Form 
    b. A written submission (approximately 300-500 words) as to what benefit(s) attending the RACP
        Congress would provide. This could be in respect to your:
             • Current and future commitment to indigenous activities
             • Interest in pursuing a career interacting with indigenous people
             • Interest in pursuing training with the RACP
             • Relevance to current stage of training or medical career
    c. Two letters of reference supporting your application. These may be of a medical or cultural nature.
    d. Your current CV (up to three pages)

Selection process

A selection panel including RACP Fellows and invited Indigenous representation will assess all applications.

The RACP Foundation will advise applicants of the outcome of their application by the end of March, following the decision of the selection panel.

About the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

RACP connects, represents and trains over 16,000 Physicians and 7,500 trainee Physicians in Australia and New Zealand.

It represents more than 25 medical specialties including paediatrics, cardiology, respiratory medicine, neurology, oncology and public health medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, palliative medicine, rehabilitation medicine, sexual health medicine and addiction medicine. Beyond the drive for medical excellence, the RACP is committed to developing health and social policies which bring vital improvements to the well-being of patients.

Find out more about the RACP

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