RACP Mentor of the Year Award

Nominations closed 30 September 2023.

The RACP Mentor of the Year Award recognises a Fellow who has made an outstanding contribution to mentoring or has provided a high level of support and guidance throughout training.

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

Dr Ross Nicholson | 2023 recipient

Ross Nicholson

Dr Ross Nicholson worked as a General Paediatrician and Paediatric Cardiologist at Kidz First Hospital (Middlemore Hospital) for 30 years. He was in the role of Director of Paediatric Physician Education (DPPE) at Middlemore Hospital for 22 years.

Throughout his consultant career at Kidz First Hospital, Ross consistently advocated for a culture of learning. He has a long history of supporting trainees to define and achieve their career goals. Ross is consistent in his role-modelling of evidence-based medicine and supports trainees to practice evidence-based medicine. He has also provided pastoral care and mentorship to hundreds of paediatric trainees.

See our past RACP Mentor of the Year Award recipients.


The prize is open to all Fellows from any RACP Division, Faculty and/or Chapter.

Ineligible nominees are those who:

  • submit a nomination on their own behalf
  • are a past recipient of the RACP Mentor of the Year Award
  • have previously received any other major Fellow awards from the RACP
All RACP Fellows and trainees can nominate an eligible Fellow for this Award. 


Read the terms and conditions before submitting a nomination.

Inform the nominee of your intent to submit a nomination.

Email a complete nomination form addressing the selection criteria to foundation@racp.edu.au together with:

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

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

Download nomination form (DOC)

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Selection criteria

The RACP Mentor of the Year Award recipient is someone who has demonstrated an outstanding and lasting impact in the education and training of trainees.

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 meaningfully impacted the College and trainee development against the selection criteria:

1. Contribution

Detail the nominee's contribution to mentoring over a sustained period and their significant impact to the College and trainee development.

2. Leadership

How has the nominee demonstrated significant leadership, mentoring and support of trainees?

3. Advocacy

What significant involvement or impact has the nominee had in policy development and advocacy?

4. Education and training

What important contributions to education and training has the nominee has made?

Selection process

When reviewing all nominations, the RACP Fellowship Committee takes into consideration whether nominees have:

  • provided mentoring over a sustained period of time
  • provided a training environment conducive to good practice, including:
    • intellectual and tangible support for development of research projects
    • attention to the concerns of trainees

The Fellowship Committee reserve the right to not award the RACP Mentor of the Year Award if all nominations received don't sufficiently meet the criteria.

For more information about the RACP Mentor of the Year Award, contact the RACP Foundation.

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Terms and conditions
Past prize recipients
College and Congress Prizes
Division, Faculty and Chapter Awards & Prizes

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