RACGP Awards

Recognising excellence

in general practice

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It’s time to celebrate excellence in general practice

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

The RACGP is proud to recognise the value of GPs in our community, and celebrate these achievements through our annual awards.

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

Nominations are now open for the 2020 RACGP Awards

We want to hear about exceptional individuals in Australian general practice and their outstanding achievements.

A range of people can nominate GPs for the awards. For some categories, it could be a member of the public, fellow health professionals, or even RACGP members themselves who want to pay tribute to those who are excelling in general practice. Further details regarding nomination conditions are explained below.

Nominations are now open online until 5.00 pm Friday 14 August 2020.

RACGP Awards categories


State based awards


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.

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Prize

The winner of the General Practitioner of the Year Award will receive a $5000 travel scholarship and be profiled in a newsGP.


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.

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Prize

The national winner of the General Practice Supervisor of the Year Award will receive an educational scholarship valued at $5000 and be profiled in newsGP.


Who is eligible?

GPs in Training are eligible for nomination for the GP 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 GP 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 GP in Training of the Year (nominee) may be nominated by general practice trainers/mentors or other GPs (nominator).

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.

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Prize

The national winner of the GP in Training of the Year Award will receive an educational scholarship valued at $5000 and be profiled in newsGP.


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.

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Prize

The national General Practice of the Year winner will receive a staff training grant worth $5000 and be profiled in a newsGP.

 

National awards

There are six national categories open for nominations.


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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 & Awards 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.


Previous winners

Download a list of previous RACGP Awards winners


Other awards

RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health awards

Each year, RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health awards acknowledge Fellows, members of the RACGP or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who have contributed to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For further information on these awards, please visit the RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Awards page.

RACGP Rural awards

The RACGP Rural Awards recognise outstanding achievements and exceptional individuals for their contribution to rural general practice.

Find out more about the categories on offer and how to nominate.


Further information

Nominations for the RACGP Awards open on Wednesday 20 May 2020 and close 5.00 pm Friday 14 August 2020. State winners will be published on this webpage in September 2020, with the national winners announced at the RACGP’s annual conference GP20 in November 2020.

For all enquiries relating to the RACGP Awards, please email awards@racgp.org.au

Downloads

 Awards of the Board Terms of Reference (PDF 124 KB)

 Nomination kit for practice owners and managers (ZIP 18 MB)