The 2019 College Awards will be presented at the next Fellowship and Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday 27 July 2019 in Dunedin.


College Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of exceptional general practitioners and community members.

Nominate an outstanding colleague, or someone who is not a member of the College, and acknowledge their contributions to primary care. 

If you would like to nominate a colleague for a College Award, please complete a nomination form and send it to awards@rnzcgp.org.nz before 31 March 2019.

Download a nomination form

Making a nomination

Here is some important information to read before you make your nomination:

  1. All College and Division members may make a nomination (previously nominations could only be made by Fellows).

  2. Your nomination is confidential, and should not be discussed with the candidate. If the College decides to proceed with the proposed award, the candidate’s approval will be sought at that time.

  3. The College can provide key information details for any application.

Award categories

Honorary Fellow
Honorary Fellowship may be conferred on individuals of distinction who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of general practice or to the medical profession in general, and who need not be graduates of medicine.

Distinguished Fellow 
Distinguished Fellowship may be awarded for outstanding and sustained services either to:

  • The aims or work of the College OR
  • The science or practice of medicine 

A candidate must have been a Fellow of the College for five years, have fulfilled their obligations to the College, and be a person to whom the College motto is particularly appropriate. Service to an organisation, other than the College, which may directly or indirectly benefit general practice, medicine as a whole, or the health and welfare of the community, may be taken into account. If you are nominating under this category, please provide as much detail as possible.  

Distinguished Service Medal
This is to be awarded to those persons 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. Service to an organisation other than the College, which may directly or indirectly benefit general practice, medicine as a whole, or the health and welfare of the community, may be taken into account.

Meritorious Service Medal
This can be 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
This is to be awarded to members and Fellows of the College who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work within their own communities.