2021 RACGP National Awards

2021 RACGP National Awards

Award nominations for RACGP Rural and Aboriginal and Torres awards close on Monday 2 August 2021

Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, GP supervisor, or general practice going above and beyond?

The RACGP proudly recognises the value of GPs in our community, and celebrates these extraordinary achievements through our annual awards.

GPs receive all kinds of acknowledgment from their patients, but it's important to formally celebrate this work and dedication to holistic patient care.

Nominate for an RACGP Rural or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health award before Monday 2 August 2021

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RACGP Award categories

GP of the Year

Who is eligible?
Nominees for the GP of the Year award must be current financial members of the RACGP and hold current unconditional medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Important note: General practitioners who have been awarded the RACGP General Practitioner of the Year Award in the past, cannot be considered for this award again until a period of 10 years has elapsed. See the list of previous RACGP award winners to check the GP you wish to nominate has not been awarded the GP of the Year award in the past 10 years.

Who can nominate?
The General Practitioner of the Year (nominee) may be nominated by a member of the medical profession, a member of the general public, a member of a regional training provider or division of general practice etc.

Criteria
A winner will be chosen from each state, and one national winner will be chosen from amongst the state finalists.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • understanding and commitment to general practice
  • service to the public
  • involvement in training and continuing professional development.

GP Supervisor of the Year

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the General Practice Supervisor of the Year award, the nominee must be an RTO or RVTS accredited supervisor in terms of the RACGP Standards for general practice training, with responsibility for GPs in training in a clinical setting.

Important note: Previous winners of the RACGP General Practice Supervisor of the Year Award cannot be considered for this award again until a period of 10 years has elapsed.

Who can nominate?
The General Practice Supervisor of the Year (nominee) may be nominated by the medical profession, regional training providers, general practice divisions or a surveyor from an accrediting body.

Criteria
A winner will be chosen from each state, and one national winner will be chosen from amongst the state finalists.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • understanding and commitment to general practice and training/mentoring
  • performance as a GP
  • role model as a trainer/mentor
  • involvement in delivery of registrar training eg. organisation/administration.

General Practitioner in Training of the Year

Who is eligible?
GPs in Training are eligible for nomination for the General Practice General Practitioner in Training of the Year Award if:

  1. They are enrolled in a Recognised Training Program as at the date of the close of the award’s nomination period
  2. They completed a Recognised Training Program subsequent to the close of the nomination period in the previous year.

Nominees for the Award category of  General Practice General Practitioner in Training of the Year must be current members of the College and hold current unconditional medical registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Who can nominate?
The General Practitioner in Training of the Year (nominee) may be nominated by general practice trainers/mentors or other GPs (sponsor).

Criteria
A winner will be chosen from each state, and one national winner will be chosen from amongst the state finalists.

This award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • commitment to general practice and to learning
  • service to patients, practice and education
  • services to the community.

It is highly recommended that nominators do not discuss their nomination with the intended nominee.

General Practice of the Year

The General Practice of the Year Award is designed to recognise practices for their approach to patients’ health and wellbeing. A winner will be chosen from each state, and one national winner will be chosen from amongst the state finalists.

Who is eligible?
General practices with a current accreditation through Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) or GPA Accreditation plus can be nominated for the RACGP General Practice of the Year award.

Nominees for General Practice of the Year must have at least one current financial RACGP member within their practice and must provide information (including their RACGP membership number) for that RACGP member who will receive the award on behalf of their practice.
Important note: Practices which have been awarded the RACGP General Practice of the Year Award in the past, cannot be considered for this award again until a period of 10 years has elapsed.

Who can nominate?
The General Practice of the Year (nominee) may be nominated by a member of the medical profession, a member of the general public, a member of a regional training provider or division of general practice etc.

Criteria
This award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • the current accreditation status of the practice; nominations will only be accepted for this award where the relevant practice is an accredited practice
  • the structure of the practice, including facilities for both patients and staff
  • the services provided to patients by the practice (eg. patient education materials, health promotion, preventative care, reminder systems)
  • delivery of services to patients by practice staff
  • an outline of what differentiates the practice from other practices
  • details of current involvement in general practice teaching.

To help encourage community engagement and let patients know they can nominate, we have created a Nomination Kit that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. Practices are welcome to use the promotional material in the download to promote the awards and rally support for their practice. Within the kit, you will find a poster that can be printed and stuck up in your waiting room, as well as digital files such as images to use in social media. A pdf presentation has been included in the download to show you examples of how to use the files.

Rose -Hunt Award

The Rose-Hunt Award is the highest accolade awarded by the RACGP. The award is a gift from the Royal College of General Practitioners to the RACGP, commemorating the founding members of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Fraser Rose and Lord Hunt of Fawley.

The Rose-Hunt Award is awarded to one person who is a Fellow or a member, who – in the opinion of the Board – has rendered outstanding service in the promotion of the objectives of the RACGP, either by individual patient care, organisation, education, research or any other means.

Outstanding service may be over a period of 10 years or a substantial and significant contribution to general practice over a shorter period.

Nominations can be made by any two Fellows of the RACGP.

Read more about the Rose-Hunt Award

Corlis Award

The Corlis Award commemorates the contribution of the late Dr Wilson (Bill) Corlis to the RACGP’s standing as a leader in medical education.

This award recognises an RACGP member and/or Fellow who has contributed substantially to the education and mentoring of doctors who are on any of the RACGP pathways to Fellowship.

Nominations can be made by any financial member of the RACGP.

Future Leaders President’s Medal

The Future Leaders President’s Medal recognises an individual who is identified as someone who is making a contribution to the RACGP and most likely to continue to contribute to the leadership of the RACGP or as a leader in general practice into the future. It takes into consideration leadership behaviours required in the profession as taught and evidenced through the RACGP’s Future Leaders Program.

Judging will reference the various leadership domains within the framework of the RACGP’s Future Leaders Program (see below).  The recipient of the award is not required to have been a participant in the Program.

RACGP Future Leaders Program leadership domains:

Representation and advocacy
Represents the RACGP and advocates on behalf of RACGP members at local and national level

Strategic decision-making
Implements strategies in practical ways at a local level and makes objective decisions with a view to desirable long term strategic outcomes

Influencing
Articulates RACGP vision to both medical and non-medical professionals; has courageous conversations and ‘takes people on the journey’

Change management and resilience
Manages own development and builds own resilience whilst supporting behavioural change in others and driving change management

GP Leader
Foundations knowledge: applies governance and organisation principles when engaged in leadership work

Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership may be awarded to persons who do not hold a registrable medical qualification and have given long and meritorious service to the RACGP and/or to general practice.

Nominations can be made by two members of the RACGP, of whom at least one must be a Fellow.

Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship may be awarded to RACGP members, and members of other colleges or academies. In very special or unusual circumstances non-medical persons may be considered for eligibility.

The general criteria which should be followed when considering eligibility are service to the RACGP and/or general practice, service to medicine in the fields of education, research or administration and general service to the community.

Nominations can be made by two members of the RACGP, of whom at least one must be a Fellow.

Life Fellowship

Life Fellowship is awarded to an existing Fellow of the RACGP in recognition of outstanding and meritorious service to the RACGP.

Nominations can be made by two members of the RACGP, of whom at least one must be a Fellow.

Standing Strong Together Award

The Standing Strong Together award celebrates partnerships between GPs and communities.

Who is eligible?

  • Any Fellow or member of the RACGP or any group of GPs (one of whom must be a Fellow or member of the RACGP) that has worked in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Any Aborigina and/or Torres Strait Islander person or community group who has worked with a GP(s) – who is a Fellow or member of the RACGP – to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Criteria
The nomination must involve a partnership between GP(s) and an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or community group. Such partnerships could include:

  • providing quality healthcare, access to healthcare and/or continuity of care to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • running an event or program that encourages better health outcomes
  • educating others to enable them to provide high-quality, culturally appropriate healthcare
  • introducing changes to healthcare services that result in better health outcomes
  • conducting research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for the purpose of improving health outcomes

Growing Strong Award

RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health invites Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander GPs in Training to nominate for the Growing Strong Award.

Nominees for the Growing Strong award must:

  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • currently be on the RACGP’s GP training pathway
  • have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • demonstrate a commitment to giving back to the community.

Nominees must also provide a written statement outlining how the Growing Strong award would support their professional development. 

Medical student award

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medical Student award is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander medical students currently studying at an Australian University.

Nominees for the Medical Student award must:

  • be a current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical student at an Australian University
  • have an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and a career in general practice.

Nominees must also provide a written statement outlining how the award would support their professional development.

Brian Williams Award

The Brian Williams award is presented by RACGP Rural to commemorate the work of Dr Brian Williams, a rural GP and medical educator.

The aim of this award is to acknowledge medical practitioners, whose mentoring and support enables rural GPs to safely dedicate themselves to their patients, their families and their communities.

The Brian Williams Award is the highest accolade awarded by RACGP Rural to an RACGP member who has made a significant contribution to their personal and professional welfare and wellbeing of rural GPs.

Nominations can be made by two Fellows and one member of the RACGP.

 

Medical Student Bursary Award

The Rural Medical Student Bursary Award is awarded to a medical student who is a member of a rural health students’ club at an Australian university who submits the best essay (maximum 1200 words) on the topic: How can we attract (and retain) medical graduates into rural and remote general practice?

Nominees must also be current student members of the RACGP.

Each essay nomination is judged on the following criteria:

  • demonstrated understanding of rural general practice
  • demonstrated evidence of innovative thinking
  • interest in a career in rural general practice
  • a written statement outlining the ways in which the bursary would support professional development

Rural GP in Training of the Year Award

The Rural GP in Training of the Year award recognises an exceptional GP in Training who demonstrates a commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in rural or remote Australia. A nominee must be a GP in training who is currently enrolled in the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) through a Training Organisation (RTO/RVTS).

Criteria

  • demonstrated commitment to rural general practice
  • demonstrated commitment to learning and developing as a rural GP
  • evidence of services to rural patients
  • evidence of commitment and service to the rural practice in which they work
  • evidence of service to the rural community in which they practice or have practices.

The NSW&ACT Eric Fisher Award

The NSW&ACT Eric Fisher Award has been established in honour of the late Dr Eric Fisher who was seen as a role model by his colleagues and held several key leadership positions throughout his 67 years of medicine. He was passionate about young general practitioners and fervently believed that emotional well-being has a significant impact on a person’s health and recovery.

The Eric Fisher Award will be awarded to a NSW&ACT New Fellow who has a strong focus on the emotional wellbeing of their patients as well as that of their colleagues in the medical profession.

What do the winners receive?

Every RACGP Awards finalist is an inspirational doctor and a central member of their community. Recipients of previous awards have gone above and beyond to ensure their patients are at ease and have devoted their careers to enhancing the lives of others.

State winners for each of the four categories are recognised at state faculty Academic & Award Ceremonies and they receive a trophy and winners kit to help celebrate their win.

The national winners are chosen from the pool of state winners.

Resources for your practice – Nomination Kit

You can help celebrate excellence in general practice by sharing the below resources. Download the assets and include them on your personal and professional platforms to put the spotlight on the RACGP Awards.

Social media tile

Post these images in your social media feeds with the hashtag #RACGPawards21 and include a link to the campaign page: racgpawards.org.au
 

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Social media tile

Post these images in your social media feeds with the hashtag #RACGPawards21 and include a link to the campaign page: racgpawards.org.au
 

Download 

A4 Poster

Print out a copy of the poster and stick it up in your waiting room or other patient-facing areas.

Download 

eSignature

Add this image to your email auto signature so that it appears at the body of every email you send

Download 

Nominate for an RACGP Rural or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health award before Monday 2 August 2021

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Meet the 2020 RACGP Award winners

The 2020 RACGP Awards national winners were announced at the GP20 Welcome Reception and National Awards Ceremony on Friday 20 November 2020. These winners are outstanding contributors to Australian general practice and their local communities.

Award category Winner
General Practitioner of the Year Dr Duncan MacKinnon
GP Supervisor of the Year Dr Jim Berryman
General Practitioner in Training of the Year Dr Josephine Guyer
General Practice of the Year Saunders Street Clinic, Tasmania
Rose-Hunt Award A/Prof Brad Murphy
Corlis Award Dr Anne Eastwood
Future Leaders President’s Medal Dr Kerry Summerscales
Honorary Membership Mrs Fiona Edgecombe
Mr Mark Evans
Honorary Fellowship Dr Trina Gregory

General Practitioner of the Year

  • Dr Bronwyn Carson – SA&NT
  • Dr Emily Gordon – Queensland
  • Dr Duncan MacKinnon – NSW&ACT
  • Dr Bernard Shiu – Victoria
  • Dr Ramya Raman – Western Australia
  • Dr John Ballantyne – Tasmania

GP Supervisor of the Year

  • Dr Ronan Mackle – SA&NT
  • Dr Danielle James – Queensland
  • Dr Aniello Iannuzzi – NSW&ACT
  • Dr Terence Heng – Victoria
  • Dr Andrew Png – Western Australia
  • Dr Jim Berryman – Tasmania

General Practitioner in Training of the Year

  • Dr Anna Kearney – SA&NT
  • Dr Kelly McIntosh – Queensland
  • Dr Josephine Guyer – NSW&ACT
  • Dr Katherine Snow – Victoria
  • Dr Anastasia Isakova – Western Australia

General Practice of the Year

  • Victor Medical Centre – SA&NT
  • Nundah Village Family Practice – Queensland
  • YourGP@Crace – NSW&ACT
  • Altona North Medical Group – Victoria
  • Fulham GP – Western Australia
  • Saunders Street Clinic - Tasmania

For a full list of winners, including RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, RACGP Rural and RACGP Foundation awards, please download the list below.

Further information

Nominate for an RACGP Rural or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health award before Monday 2 August 2021.

State winners will be published on this webpage in July 2021, with the national winners announced at the RACGP’s annual conference GP21 on Saturday 11 September 2021.

For all enquiries relating top the RACGP Awards, please email us.

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