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Guidelines for the Award of the Distinguished Fellow 2017

The Distinguished Fellow award will be awarded to a Fellow of the College who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the wider healthcare system in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service that is clearly exceptional. Exceptional performance of normal duty will not alone justify an award of this decoration.

Categories of service have been determined as guidelines in nominating College Fellows for the award of the Distinguished Fellow.  In making nominations there must be a detailed justification for the award in terms of outstanding service to the greater healthcare system.   It would be expected that a nominee would be recognized by their peers as an exemplary example of a College Fellow and held in very high regard, both within and external to the College.

Nominations may be received from College members or Jurisdictional Committees. Nomination in specific areas of service will be consistent with the following categories:

      1. A remarkable achievement by a Fellow during their career  in the wider health care system such as:

  • An outstanding achievement in the professional practice of medical administration
  • Outstanding dedication to public service as a healthcare professional
  • Leadership and innovation within healthcare, central agencies and sector roles, academia

      2. Apart from the requirement to detail distinguished service other conditions which apply in awarding the Distinguished Fellow Award are:

  • The nomination is endorsed by the Board in a manner consistent with the holding of Board meetings and decision making as provided in the RACMA Constitution
  • The Distinguished Fellow Award will only be awarded where an exemplary nomination is received.
  • More than one nominee may be considered for the award in a single year.
These guidelines have been designed to be deliberatively restrictive.  With RACMA’s relatively small membership the award could be devalued if bestowed too readily or too widely. 

It must always be emphasized that it is only offered for significant contributions to the work of the College.

Procedural Aspects

1.  A detailed citation must be prepared by the nominating body and this citation will be presented to the recipient with a certificate.
2.  Nominations with detailed citations must be submitted to Dr Karen Owen, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by the 18 August 2017  for the Board to endorse so that the award and citation can be presented at the 2017 Langford Oration.

Please click here to to download the nomination form.

Board approved: 2017
Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 12:46