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Nominations needed for public health awards

As the AMA prepares for its annual Public Health Awards, the organisation has urged staff in the medical sector to nominate people or groups deserving of recognition.

President Dr Michael Gannon said nominations were sought in the categories of Excellence in Healthcare and Women in Medicine.

“The AMA Excellence in Healthcare Award is for an individual, not necessarily a doctor or AMA member, who has made a significant contribution to improving health or health care in Australia,” Gannon said.

“The person may be involved in health awareness, health policy or health delivery and nominations for this award can be submitted by any member of the community.

“Past recipients of this award include Dr Denis Lennox, for his significant contribution to the training of rural general practitioners and rural generalists, and Associate Professor John Boffa and Ms Donna Ah Chee, for their enormous contribution to reducing the harms of alcohol and improving early childhood outcomes for Aboriginal children.”

The AMA Woman in Medicine Award will be presented to a female member of the AMA who has made a major contribution to the medical profession by ongoing commitment to quality care, or through her contribution to medical research, public health projects, or improving the availability and accessibility of medical education and training for women.

“Nominations for this Award may only be made by an AMA member,” Gannon said.

“Previous winners include Dr Genevieve Goulding, a former president of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) who has a passion for doctors’ mental health and welfare, and Associate Professor Diane Egerton-Warburton for her exceptional contribution to the development of emergency medicine and her passion for public health.”

The closing date for nominations is Monday 23 April 2018.

The awards will be presented at the 2018 AMA National Conference in Canberra in May.

For more information and nomination forms, visit: https://ama.com.au/article/ama-public-health-awards.

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