RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal


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RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal

The RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal acknowledges significant contributions by Fellows to Indigenous Health advocacy and health outcomes in Australia.

The awards are designed to:

  • Acknowledge and value the tremendous work that has been done by Fellows in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health care and advocacy
  • Acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health have common yet distinct needs requiring locally specific responses
  • Acknowledge and value an individual's contribution by their peers
  • Inspire and encourage new engagement by the Fellowship in efforts to deliver better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Inform and reinforce the College's strong position on and on-going commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Promote the College's engagement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health and celebrate our achievements thus far

The Awards will normally be presented at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC).

Registration costs for the recipients will be paid by the Indigenous Health Committee for the ASC at which the presentations are made. Travel and Accommodation are at the recipient's own expense.

Criteria for Award

The award is made to a Fellow who has demonstrated excellence through:

  • leadership
  • practice
  • advocacy
  • community engagement
  • education or
  • research

of lasting and significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.


The Awards are open to all Fellows and the nomination may come from any individual Fellow, surgical society, regional committee, the Indigenous Health Committee, or the Indigenous community in Australia.


Nominations for a RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal shall be made in writing to the Chair of the Indigenous Health Committee. The nomination shall contain a curriculum vitae and details of how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Nominations without this information will be returned to the nominator for further documentation.

Nominations accepted until 15 May 2019.

Nominations can either be forwarded via email, attaching the relevant documents or mailed to the Secretariat at the address below.

The Indigenous Health Committee will consider all nominations and recommend to the Professional Development and Standards Board to whom the medal should be awarded.

Please view the RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Medal policy (PDF 33 KB) or contact the Indigenous Health Committee Secretariat for further information:

Indigenous Health Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1115
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432
Email: damien.loizou@surgeons.org