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New South Wales
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Graham Coupland Lecture and Medal
The Graham Coupland Lecture was established in 1983 to honour
the memory of G.A.E. Coupland (1934-1982), who had a distinguished,
but short, career as a gastric and paediatric surgeon. Coupland was
born in the New England region of New South Wales and graduated in
medicine from the University of Sydney in 1959. He obtained his
Master of Surgery from the same institution in 1975. He was a
brilliant and natural surgeon, especially of the upper
gastrointestinal tract. He later turned his attention to the
surgery of children.
As Supervisor of Surgery for the University of Sydney, he was an
admired and respected teacher at Royal North Shore Hospital, where
he acquired the epithet "tachyambulant". In 1976 he was appointed
associate professor. He also taught at the Singapore General
Hospital under the Colombo Plan. He was an energetic and
enthusiastic member of the New South Wales Regional Committee
from 1978 to 1982.
NSW Medical Student Awards
The Annual Medical Student Award and Medal is awarded to the
winner of the Essay Competition for medical students in their final
year at the NSW Medical School organised by the NSW Regional
Office to promote a career in surgery.
Michael Donnellan Medal
The Michael Donnellan Medal was established by the NSW Regional
Committee in recognition of the contributions made to the College
and to cancer care in NSW by Dr Donnellan. A former Chairman
of the NSW State Committee between 1988 and 1990, Dr Donnellan was
instrumental in securing the funding for the Albion Street offices
of the College. He was also heavily involved with the
establishment of breast screening services. However, his
lasting legacy will be the doctors and surgeons that he
Regional Committee Merit Award and Medal
Each year up to 3 awards can be presented at the NSW annual
meeting or at the Regional Committee Dinner. The award is open
to Fellows of the College, other medical practitioners or to
members of the public.
The award is made for the best overall presentation at the
discretion of the regional committee and for distinguished
service to surgery in New South Wales. The award committee
comprises the executive members of the NSW Regional Committee
and the supervisors of surgical training.
Court and Lilley Scholarship
The Award comprises funding from two bequests, the Richard and
Elizabeth Court Scholarship (1974), and the Charles M Lilley
Scholarship (1955). They are held in conjunction so as to ensure
the amount of the scholarship is significant and also because the
terms of the bequests are very similar.
The Awards are made every three years, but holders and their
supervisors must reapply by submitting an annual report.
Further installments will be made only if these are
David Theile Lecture
Delivered at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Queensland
David Theile's enormous contribution to the College includes
service as Chairman of the Queensland State Committee (1981-1982),
member of College Council (1983-1995), censor-in-chief (1989-1991),
vice-president (1991-1993) and president (1993-1995).
He has served with distinction on the Australian Medical
Workforce Advisory Committee and as Chairman of the Pacific Islands
Project. Theile's initiative led to a successful College tender for
this project. This initiative was the start of much increased
outreach activity by the College. He remains an active supporter of
the College and of surgery on a number of fronts. David was awarded
a Sir Hugh Devine Medal in 2001.
Neville Davis Prize
This is a longstanding award of the Queensland Regional
Committee awarded for the best clinical paper presented at the
annual Queensland State Meeting. The recipient receives a
RACS Plaque and prize money.
The award was established in 1983 through the Queensland State
Committee, and named after Dr Neville Coleman Davis AO,
FRACS. Dr Neville Davis was a Surgical Supervisor at Brisbane
General Hospital 1952-1956, and Co-ordinator, Post Graduate
Surgical Education 1980 -1986 at the Princess Alexandra Hospital,
Brisbane. He is the author of 90 scientific articles on malignant
Melanoma, Colorectal Cancer, Wound Infection, Intestinal
Obstruction and Burns. His personal standards for writing and
research, as well as his views and influence in surgical education
have contributed towards raising the standard of medical articles
and presentations within the College.
The award is for the best paper presented at the Queensland
State Committee's Annual State Meeting. The award is in the form of
a certificate and a cheque for the amount of $2,500.00. At the
discretion of the Convener and with funds available a second prize
of $500 may be offered.
The applicants must be an active College Trainee in
Queensland. The applicants can also be a Principal House
Officer (PHO) working in a surgical unit at a Public Hospital in
The award is presented to a Fellow or SET Trainee who presents
the best paper based on clinical relevance, presentation skills,
use of audio visual, research content and originality. The award is
an engraved medal.
Sir Henry Newland Award
This is an award of the South Australian State Committee in
recognition of achievement. Sir Henry Newland was an eminent
surgeon of his time and the Chairman of the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons' State Committee in South Australia from
W. Anstey Giles Memorial Lecture
Delivered at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the South
This lecture, formerly the Annual Lecture, was first given under
this name in 1953. It commemorates the contributions to surgery of
William Anstey Giles (1860-1944), one of the founders of the
College. A member of an eminent pioneering family of South
Australia, Giles was educated at Clifton School in Bristol and
graduated from the medical school at Edinburgh University in
He subsequently undertook postgraduate study with Adam Politzer
in Vienna (Austria) and specialized in diseases of the ear, nose
and throat. He returned to Adelaide in 1885 and in due course built
up a large general practice. He was appointed lecturer in otology
at the University of Adelaide in 1886 and joined the (Royal)
Adelaide Hospital as assistant surgeon in 1887.
His career flourished, and he ultimately became Dean of the
Faculty of Medicine (1895 and 1902), Registrar to the Medical Board
of South Australia and consultant surgeon to the (Royal) Adelaide
Hospital. He was the first chairman of the South
Australian Regional Committee of the College (1928-1932).
Giles, with others in the profession, endured a very difficult
period in the history of medicine in South Australia. In 1896
teaching at the hospital and the medical school was suspended when
the government dismissed the board of management. The honorary
medical staff then resigned en masse, leaving the students without
any tutelage. Not until 1901 did the staff return and clinical
Giles was a man of commanding presence and irascible temper.
Whatever he undertook was done with energy and enthusiasm. He was a
strict adherent of aseptic procedures and a prolific contributor to
the medical literature on a wide range of topics. When speaking
about the foundation of the College, he said, "Its objective was to
make more perfect the art and science of surgery, and to give the
best possible service to the community".
Covidien Education Grant
The Covidien Education Grant is funded by Covidien to encourage
SET trainees to undertake research studies. Eligibility for
this Grant is open to all SET trainees who present a paper at the
Graham Duffy Memorial Prize
This is a long standing award in recognition of the best paper
presented at the Tasmanian Annual Scientific Meeting by a Registrar
or intern. This prize was first awarded in 1993 in honor of
Graeme Duffy who was the first established neurosurgeon in Hobart
and created a State Neurosurgical Service. He was appointed
Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of England for
his landmark paper on lumbar puncture. The prize is open to
all registrars and interns who present papers at the meeting.
Joe Shepherd Memorial Prize
This is a long standing award in recognition of the best paper
presented at the Tasmanian Annual Scientific Meeting by a
consultant. This prize has been presented since 2006 in
memory of Joe Shepherd, Professor of Surgery at the University of
Tasmania, 1978 - 1993. Joe was recognized as a world authority on
MEN-1 and vigorously campaigned for public education against
cigarette smoking. The prize is open to all consultants who
present a paper at the meeting.
Peter Braithwaite Award
This is a long standing award in recognition of
the runner-up to best paper presented at the Tasmanian Annual
Scientific Meeting by a Registrar or intern. This prize has
been awarded since 1988 in honor of Peter Braithwaite who was
appointed Surgical Superintendent at the Royal Hobart Hospital in
1948. Peter served as a member of Council from 1967 to 1979,
Senior Vice-President between 1977 and 1979 and was also a past
Chairman of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Peter Hewitt Memorial Prize
This is a long standing award in recognition of the best paper
presented at the Tasmanian Annual Scientific meeting by a final
year medical student. This prize has been presented in memory
of Peter Hewitt since 2008. Peter was a highly regarded
hepatobiliary surgeon at the Launceston General Hospital and
Associate Professor at the Launceston Clinical School of the
Faculty of Medicine, University of Tasmania. The prize is
open to all final year medical students who present papers at the
D R Leslie Prize
The D.R. Leslie Prize was established in 1986 to honour Doug
Leslie and the work he has done for the College. This Prize
is to be awarded to the best clinical registrar paper at the time
of the Annual Scientific Meeting.
This is an annual prize awarded for the best clinical registrar
paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting. The recipient
receives a medal.
Geoffrey James Royal Memorial Lecture and Medal
The G.J. Royal Memorial Lecture was established in 1991 to
honour the late G.J. Royal (1939-1991) and recognise his work both
for the College and in particular the Victorian State
Committee. This lecture is delivered at the time of the
Country/City Scientific Meeting. The lecturer is then awarded
the G.J. Royal Medal by the VRC at the AVSFM formal dinner after
Michael Ryan Scholarship
Established in 1934, this is an annual prize awarded to the
final year student who has achieved the best results in surgery at
St Vincent's Hospital. The recipient receives a cheque and a medal,
which is not presented until the year after the
RC Bennett Prize
This is an annual prize awarded for the best research paper
presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting (AVSFM).
The R.C. Bennett Prize was established in 1989 to honour Dick
Bennett and his work for the College as well as surgical
research. This Prize is to be awarded to the best research
paper at the time of the Annual Scientific Meeting. The
recipient receives a medal.
Gordon Baron-Hay Award (formerly RACS Registrars' Award)
This award is given to the best registrars paper presented at
the WA Annual ASM (AVSFM).
John Hanrahan Oration
The John Hanrahan Oration was established by the Western
Australian Regional Committee in 1992 to honour the first
Western Australian to be elected President of the College
Gordon Bell Memorial Lecture
The lecture is given at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the New
Zealand National Board.
This lecture was established in 1977 to honour Sir Francis
Gordon Bell (1887-1970), the second New Zealander to be elected
President of the College (1947-1949).
Bell came from a family of Scottish farmers who had migrated
from Dumfries. He was born at Grovetown in the district of
Marlborough in the South Island. He was educated at Marlborough
High School and later at the University of Edinburgh, where he
graduated MB ChB in 1910. He gained his Fellowship of the Royal
College of Surgeons (FRCS) in 1912 and MD in 1913.
On the outbreak of World War I Bell went on a fellowship to the
Mayo Clinic in the United States, where he was impressed by the
scale and lavishness of the institution. In 1915 he joined the
Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and was sent to France. He served
with distinction and was awarded the MC (1916). He became expert in
the surgery of the battlefield and worked with many other surgeons
who were to become leaders in their fields in Australasia.
After the war, he returned to practise in Edinburgh, where he
was appointed assistant surgeon to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
and gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of
Edinburgh (FRCSEd) in 1924. In 1925 Sir Louis Barnett retired from
the chair of surgery at Otago and endowed a chair of surgery in
memory of his son, who had died in the war. Bell applied and was
appointed. He held this chair for the next 27 years.
In 1927 he became one of the foundation Fellows of the College.
When Barnett retired from Council in 1939, Bell filled the vacancy.
He was elected vice-president in 1943 and president in 1947.
He retired from the University of Otago in 1952 and was knighted
the following year. In 1957 he was persuaded to return to Otago
during a 12-month interregnum in the medical faculty. His final
public appearance was as the representative of the Royal College of
Surgeons of Edinburgh at the centenary celebrations of the
University of Otago in 1969. He died in Dunedin the following year,
- The lecture shall be known as The Sir Gordon Bell Memorial
- The lecture shall be delivered by a guest speaker at the Annual
Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand National Board.
- The subject of the lecture may be in any surgical specialty,
provided that, as it is delivered at the opening plenary session,
the subject must be relevant to the specialties represented at the
1978 - Professor R.B. Welbourn - Science and Surgery
1979 - Professor H. Ellis - Cutting for the Stonev 1980 -
Professor H.A.F. Dudley - From Edinburgh, an Academic Surgeon
1981 - Professor J.L. Dawson - Medical Education and the London
1982 - Professor M. Irving - The Building of the Manchester Ship
Canal and the Subsequent Development of Accident Services in the
1983 - Professor S. Bengmark - Organisation of Health Services in
1984 - B. Campbell - Team Management and Accountability
1985 - Professor N. O'Higgins - Endocrine Aspects of Breast
1986 - W.B. Runciman - The Right to live - The Right to Die
1987 - Professor A. Johnson - Future Trends in Clinical
1988 - Professor R. Williamson - A Relevant Family History
1989 - Professor M.F. Brennan - Management of Soft Tissue
1991 - Professor D.C. Carter - The Challenge of Pancreatic
1992 - Miss Averil Mansfield
1993 - Professor G.L. Hill - Revolution In Surgery: Keyholes Or
1994 - Professor J Wong
1995 - Professor M.R.B. Keighley
1996 - Professor I. Taylor - Is Research Really Necessary in
1997 - Professor J. Perissat - An Overview of The Minimally
1998 - Professor G.I. Taylor - The Anatomical Renaissance:
Explored, Explained, Expanded and Explanted
2000 - Professor K. Jeffery - Surgical Beginnings: The Dunedin and
2001 - Professor M. Brennan - Training Requirements for the
Surgeon Interested in Surgical Care of The Cancer Patient
2002 - Professor A. Fingerhut - Evidence-Based Surgery: Why Is It
2003 - Dr Ira Kodner - Hereditary Colorectal Cancer: The Rights Of
the Patient vs the Rights of Others at Risk
2004 - Professor Bruce Wolff - The Intra-Abdominal Surprise - A
Guide to Incidental Surgery
2005 - James Church - Thoughts about the Management of Rectal