The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal

Nominations open 2 April to 31 July 2024.

The RACP awards the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal every 5 years to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of medicine. The medal is presented at the RACP College Ceremony, and the recipient may be invited to present as part of the RACP Congress program.

The Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal honours the internationally renowned work of esteemed Australian physician, Brigadier Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley KBE CStJ FRACP FRCP FRCPE FRS. Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley is remembered as a visionary whose knowledge and persistence led to numerous vital contributions in medicine. The RACP established the award in 1969 with the generosity of Lady Mary Hamilton Fairley.

A special award was presented in 2018 to Professor Alan Mackay-Sim by the Royal College of Physicians in London as part of their 500th Anniversary celebration. Alan was also recognised as Australian of the Year in 2017.

Professor Roger Reddel AO | 2017 recipient

Professor Roger ReddelProfessor Roger Reddel is the Director of Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and Lorimer Dods Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

A medical graduate of the University of Sydney, Roger trained in medical oncology and was admitted to Fellowship in 1985. He further completed a PhD in cancer cell biology and undertook postdoctoral research in molecular carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.

On returning to Sydney, Roger set up a lab at CMRI to study cellular immortalisation, an almost-universal characteristic of cancer. He has made many discoveries regarding the enzyme telomerase upon which 85% of cancers depend for their growth, and the alternative mechanism utilised by many of the remaining 10 to 15%. The aim of this research is to develop new forms of cancer treatment.

Roger was awarded the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research and the NSW Premier's Award for Outstanding Cancer Researcher, and elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

See our past Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal recipients.


A nominee:

  • can be an RACP Fellow or a non-member
  • must be nominated by an RACP Fellow
  • cannot self-nominate


Read the Terms & Conditions – College Meritorious Awards and Prizes by Nomination.

Submit a nomination in PDF format to, including:

  • a nomination form that that addresses the selection criteria and includes a statement of support
  • a full curriculum vitae, reprints or other documentary evidence for the nominee. CVs longer than 7 pages must be accompanied by an executive summary
  • two letters of support addressing the selection criteria

Download nomination form

Selection criteria

The nominator must:

  • express appreciation of contributions made by the nominee and evaluate how these have positively impacted the field of medicine
  • provide details of noted contributions and specify whether are in the field of research, teaching or clinical medicine
  • specify the standing of the nominee in his or her branch of medicine

The Grants Advisory Committee considers:

  • the contributions made by the nominee in relation to those of others — an essential part of the nomination
  • whether the work has a strong and direct influence on the field of medicine

Selection process

Members of the Grants Advisory Committee consider nominations for the award and make a recommendation to the RACP President and Board.

The Committee reserves the right to not award the Neil Hamilton Fairley Medal if they determine that the nominees do not meet the elite standards required for this prestigious award.

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