Rewarding doctors in rural Western Australia.

The Awards recognise the achievements in medical care from doctors and specialists in rural and remote parts of the State, and doctors who have provided 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of service to country communities.

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Nominations are now open for the WA Country Doctors' Awards!

View the categories below and nominate a doctor who deserves recognition. Nominations close 5.00pm Friday 9 February 2018.
If downloading a nomination form, please fill in the correct PDF nomination form for the relevant category.   All nominations must include a statement outlining why the nominee should be recognised for an award AND a letter of support from a peer/colleague of the nominee, or member of a local community organisation (if applicable).
The awards are presented by Rural Health West and WA Country Health Service.

WA Country Doctors' Awards Gala Dinner

Join us in celebrating your rural peers at the WA Country Doctors' Awards Gala Dinner. The awards will be presented during the evening to recipients of special awards and long service awards. Tickets include a three course meal, beverages and entertainment. If you would like to attend this event, please contact the Events team to purchase tickets OR you can purchase them during the Annual Conference registration process.

When: Saturday 24 March 2017, 7.00pm to 11.00pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Perth
Tickets: $120.00 per person

WA Country Doctors' Awards categories

People's Choice

Category criteria:

  • Must be nominated by a community member or patient.
  • Must be currently practising in a rural location (MMM 2-7).
  • Can be working in private general practice, a WA Country Health Service hospital, an Aboriginal Medical Service or with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  • Has had a significant positive impact or contribution to the community through one of the following:
    - Improved community health and wellbeing.
    - Promotion of local community to other medical professionals.
    - Demonstrated long-standing commitment to local community.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or member of a local community organisation.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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Medical Leadership

Category criteria:

  • Can be nominated by a peer or organisation.
  • Must be currently practising in a rural location (MMM 2-7).
  • Can be working in private general practice, a WA Country Health Service hospital, an Aboriginal Medical Service or with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
  • Has had a significant positive impact on leadership, change management or service improvement and development in the area of patient safety, patient care, patient satisfaction, medical research or improved access to primary care services.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or colleague.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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Procedural GP/District Medical Officer of the Year

Category criteria:

  • Can be nominated by a peer or organisation.
  • Must be appropriately credentialed and has provided anaesthetic, surgical or obstetric services in a WA Country Health Service hospital in the preceding year (during 2017).
  • Has improved access and/or sustainability of anaesthetic, surgical or obstetric services in a rural location.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or colleague.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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Rising Star (Emerging Doctor)

Category criteria:

  • Can be nominated by a peer or community member.
  • Must be currently practising in a rural location (MMM 2-7).
  • Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years, but fewer than five years (can include time spent as intern or registrar in a rural location, but not time at The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia).
  • Has shown a strong commitment to pursuing a rural medical career and has had a positive impact on either patient safety, patient care, patient satisfaction, medical research or improved access to primary care services.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or colleague.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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GP of the Year

Category criteria:

  • Can be nominated by a peer, community member or community organisation.
  • Must be currently practising in a rural location (MMM 2-7).
  • Must have been a resident in a rural location for longer than two years.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or colleague.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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Specialist of the Year (non-GP)

Category criteria:

  • Can be nominated by a peer, community member or community organisation.
  • Must be currently practising in a rural location (MMM 2-7).
  • Must have been a resident in a rural location for longer than two years.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or colleague.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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Metropolitan-based Specialist Bush Champion

Category criteria:

  • Can be nominated by a peer, community member or community organisation.
  • Has developed a service or facilitated country/metropolitan linkages to enhance access to metropolitan-based specialist services for country people.

Nomination terms:

  • Nominations must include 250 words outlining why the nominee should be recognised for this award, based on the relevant criteria.
  • All nominations must include a letter of support from a peer or colleague who is based in a rural location.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted by the closing date.

OR download a PDF nomination form
(Print and complete by hand)

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Previous award recipients – Souvenir Booklets

Souvenir booklets are published annually after each awards ceremony and include images and details about the award recipients.

2017  |  2016  |  2015   2014  |  2013
2012  |  2011   2010  |  2009  |  2008

Previous award recipients – Life Membership

For further information on the Doctors' Service Awards please contact the Rural Health West Events team on 08 6389 4500 or via email.