Each year, the College presents a variety of awards and grants to members and external individuals or organisations, to acknowledge outstanding achievements and contributions to psychiatry, the community and the College.
After such a challenging year, it was wonderful to see so many members involved – whether by nominating a colleague, applying for a research grant, submitting their project, or by having their contributions recognised.
Many awards and grants are still undergoing judging and will be announced over the coming months.
We look forward to celebrating with many of our award winners at Congress, and at local events throughout the year.
The College warmly congratulates the following award winners:
The College Medal of Honour – Dr Maria Tomasic
The College Medal of Honour is the RANZCP’s highest and most prestigious award. It is presented for distinguished and meritorious service to the College, to a Fellow who has given a minimum of ten years’ active service in organisational and/or administrative areas of the RANZCP.
The College Citation – Dr Jimsie Cutbush and Professor J. Richard Newton
Established in 1986, the College Citation honours special service to the RANZCP or psychiatry.
The Margaret Tobin Award – Dr Aaron Groves
Named in honour of the late Dr Margaret Tobin, this award is made to the RANZCP Fellow who has made the most significant contribution to administrative psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years.
The Pirika Taonga – Dr Mark Lawrence
New award the Pirika Taonga is in memory of Poiti Arama-karaka Pirika who was the RANZCP’s Kaumātua (Elder) from 2008 to 2017. It recognises noteworthy contributions in Māori mental health and addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The RANZCP Senior Research Award – Professor Michael Berk
Established in 1978 to recognise excellence in research in psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand, the RANZCP Senior Research Award is presented to the Fellow or Affiliate who has made the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years.
The Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry – Dr Malcolm Forbes
Generously supported by the Trisno Family and RANZCP Foundation, the Trisno Family Research Grant in Old Age Psychiatry aims to support research to optimise the prevention, diagnosis, management and continuing care strategies for older populations. It is awarded to a Fellow or trainee who is planning to conduct old age psychiatry research.
A big thank you also goes to the members and other experts who volunteered their time and experience in assessing the applications.
Keep your eye out for more announcements, we can’t wait to share the news of more winners with you.