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The Elizabeth Turner Medal is named to honour the
memory of Dr Elizabeth K Turner MBBS, MD, FRACP, LLD (Hons), who worked as a paediatrician at the hospital from 1942 to c.1980. Elizabeth Turner graduated with
MBBS in 1940 and received her MD in 1948. She was the first doctor in Australia
to administer penicillin, and the first female Medical Superintendent of the (then)
Children’s Hospital (1944-46). Elizabeth Turner’s devotion to the care of her
patients exemplifies the qualities recognised in a recipient of the medal.
To acknowledge excellence in clinical care
provided by a member of the senior medical/dental staff of the RCH over an
extended period of time. This medal is awarded primarily on the basis of the
individual’s contribution to the clinical care of their patients and is in
essence, our highest form of peer recognition for exceptional clinical care. See details and selection criteria.
This medal is being established by the Medical Staff
Association [MSA] to mark the outstanding contribution by Graeme Barnes
[Gastroenterology] and John Hutson [General Surgery and Urology] to the Royal
Children’s Hospital [RCH].
Both were excellent clinicians who served their department
and the children of Victoria with distinction. They have significantly added to
the role of being a great “all round clinician” by embracing clinical and
laboratory research, education and mentorship where each has individually made
In the 150th year of the RCH we feel that it is
fitting through such an award to recognise their outstanding contribution to
the fabric of the RCH.
acknowledge the substantial contribution by a Senior Medical/Dental member of
staff as a clinician, researcher, educator and mentor made over an extended
period of time. This award is a recognition by peers of this sustained
A letter[s] of support addressing the selection criteria is essential and
it would be preferable that these are from more than one source.
of clinical care: A proactive, compassionate and selfless contribution to
patient care is essential. With measurable outcomes of this contribution
or Basic science research- Evidence of academic leadership and contribution to
a particular field of their expertise
Contribution to teaching at a department, campus wide and wider community
contribution to the wellbeing and training of future specialists within the
field of the nominee’s expertise
member of Senior Medical Staff at RCH
By members of the RCH MSA. Nominations to be
called for by secretary of MSA 2 months before presentation
committee of the MSA
annual, however need not be awarded.
certificate to be presented at the annual dinner of MSA.
Once nominations are received by the MSA Secretary these
will be distributed to a sub-committee [Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary
and One other person from the Executive].
The sub-committee will determine who would be suitable for
the award. Those who are deemed as such [short list of 2-4] will have the
nomination distributed to the executive and the entire group will be given
timeline to rank the nominees and return their vote to the MSA secretary.
Following this, results will be collated and will be the subject of discussion
at the last MSA meeting before the “End of Year” dinner to make a final
The MSA Travelling Scholarship is intended to assist senior registrars
or fellows at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) to increase their knowledge
and expertise by undertaking travel and further education.
Applicants must be medical practitioners, training in paediatric medicine,
surgery or other related paediatric discipline at RCH, with preference given to
applicants who can demonstrate that their proposed program will have wider
benefits to the hospital’s clinical and/or research activities. The scholarship
is primarily provided to support travel to allow the applicant to gain further
experience at a centre of excellence within Australia or overseas. See details and selection criteria.
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