The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) champions members for their contribution to the science of general practice.
The College’s largest event of the year, the Conference for General Practice is the stage for our prestigious awards ceremony. Fellows can congratulate colleagues winning special Fellowship titles or Service Medals for their continued dedication to New Zealanders’ health.
This year's College Awards were presented at the 2019 Conference for General Practice in Dunedin.
You can nominate your colleagues for five awards:
- Honorary Fellow
Honorary Fellowship is awarded to individuals of distinction who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice or to the medical profession in general. Recipients of this award don’t need to be graduates of medicine.
- Distinguished Service Medal
The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the College. The contribution may be, for example, as a long-standing employee, committee member, or in an academic position.
- Meritorious Service Medal
The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to Members who have made a meritorious contribution to the College. The contribution may be, for example, as an office bearer, committee member, or in an academic position.
- Community Service Medal
The Community Service Medal is awarded to Members and Fellows of the College who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work within their own communities.
- Distinguished Fellowship
Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to Fellows of the College for outstanding and sustained services to either the aims or work of the College, or science or practice of medicine.
There are four additional award categories:
- Orator's Gold Medal
The Orator's Gold Medal is awarded to the Fellowship and Awards Ceremony Orator in recognition of their closing address.
- Humphrey Rainey Medal
The Humphrey Rainey Prize for Excellence is awarded to the top candidate overall across the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP) Clinical and Written Examination.
- Eric Elder Medal
The Eric Elder Medal is awarded in honour of Dr Eric Elder, who was an inspired rural GP affectionately known as the grandfather of vocational training in New Zealand. The medal is generally awarded to a rural general practitioner.
- Peter Anyon Medal
The Peter Anyon Memorial Address is presented by a GPEP2 registrar at the Annual Conference for General Practice. The presentation is given in the memory of Dr Peter Anyon, who is recognised as having made an important and valuable contribution to the vocational education of general practitioners