RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

Nominations closed 30 September 2023.

The RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas recognises a Fellow who has provided outstanding clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

This prestigious prize is awarded annually at the RACP College Ceremony.

James BurrowDr James Burrow | 2023 recipient

Dr Burrow was born in Bolivia to missionary parents. He undertook undergraduate education at the University of Adelaide and physician training at Royal Adelaide Hospital; General Internal Medicine (1986) and Neurology (1998). He moved to Darwin in 1991 where he was one of four physicians. The workload was heavy with neurology and general medicine, ICU/CCU, renal dialysis etc. He spent a great deal of time travelling to remote Aboriginal communities around the Katherine and Arnhem regions.

In places like Lajamanu, Dr Burrow was the only doctor to have ever seen a patient twice, such was the difficulty in providing continuity of medical care in those isolated communities. Thirty years later the medical workforce has increased greatly but Dr Burrow laments the fact that in Australia where we have a surfeit of doctors, we still cannot provide the necessary care in remote and regional Australia. His greatest reward is to be accosted by a middle-aged Aboriginal man "do you remember me when I was a boy at Yarralin?". Patients everywhere want constancy and a warm relationship with their doctor.

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Any Fellow of an RACP Division, Faculty and/or Chapter who works in one or more rural and remote communities* is eligible for nomination.

Ineligible nominees are those who:

  • submit a nomination on their own behalf
  • are a current RACP Board member
  • are a current RACP staff member
  • have held the office of President of the RACP
  • are a past recipient of the RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas

All RACP Fellows and trainees can nominate an eligible Fellow.

* The definition of rural and remote areas for the Prize is determined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area (2016 classification: RA2, RA3, RA4 and RA5) and otago.ac.nz/rural-urbannz/gch-maps.  


Read the terms and conditions and inform the nominee of your intention to submit a nomination.

Email a completed nomination form addressing the selection criteria to foundation@racp.edu.au including:

  • CV of the nominee
  • 2 letters of support
  • other relevant supporting documentation (optional)

Note: A nomination is not complete and cannot be progressed unless all required documentation is received.

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Selection criteria

The RACP Medal for Clinical Services in Rural and Remote Areas recipient is someone who has demonstrated an outstanding and lasting impact in their rural and remote communities.

The assessment of the nominee's contribution in relation to others is an essential part of the nomination.

In your nomination, detail how the nominee has demonstrated all of the selection criteria:

1. Contribution to clinical service in rural and remote areas

What has been their significant and sustained contribution to clinical service in rural and remote areas of Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand?

2. Professional leadership

How has the nominee demonstrated outstanding leadership in developing and promoting initiatives to improve available clinical service available in rural and remote areas?

3. Advocacy

What significant advocacy has the nominee performed on behalf of rural and remote communities in regard to health policy, health research or other areas of health importance?

4. Mentoring and training

Describe the nominee's proven commitment to mentoring and training future and current physicians, medical graduates, and health practitioners.

Selection process

The RACP Fellowship Committee will review all eligible nominations received and select an RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas recipient.

The Fellowship Committee reserve the right not to select a recipient if all nominations received don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

For more information about the RACP Medal for Clinical Service in Rural and Remote Areas, contact the RACP Foundation.

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