Awards and prizes

Gold Medal

This award recognises exceptional leadership and recent achievements and promotes the pursuance of excellence in the delivery of health services in Australia. A nominee will be a member of the College and an outstanding leader who has made recent and exceptional contributions to the healthcare system. This leader will have a passion for excellence and demonstrate a tireless commitment to improving the system for the benefit of patients and those who work within it. He/she values innovation and is committed to developing partnerships and collaborative relationships. These leaders are notable as role models for our next generation of leaders and embody the core health system values.

Congratulations to Dr Mark Avery FCHSM,  CHE, QLD winner of the 2021 Gold Medal Award

Life Membership

Life membership to the College is an Award and honour that is bestowed by the Board after a Branch Council nomination. Any Branch may nominate one member each year to be considered for the award of Life Member. The final decision is made by the Board of Directors and presentation is made to that member at the ACHSM Annual General Meeting. Retiree members are eligible for this award. 

Congratulations to the Life Membership recipients for 2021

Emeritus Professor Anneke Fitzgerald, FCHSM, CHE, QLD 

Emeritus Professor Sandra Leggat, VIC

Honorary Fellowship

Nominees' qualities include demonstration of the following:

Currently holding a key role in the health system and making a notable contribution to health services. This award provides recognition of this contribution. A nominee will have an outstanding reputation in the health system and will be supportive of the College and its objectives.

This year the following Honorary Fellowships have been bestowed upon:

Stewart Dowrick – Chief Executive, Mid North Coast Local Health District


This is the highest level of membership within the College. It demonstrates an ongoing commitment to excellence in health service management. Fellowship is gained by meeting the requirements set by the Board. The College would like to welcome the following members as new fellows of the College for 2021.


NSW: Andrew Partington and Paul White with NSW Branch President Karen Patterson – Absent Dr Khizar Ashraf.

NT: Dr Brian Spain

Qld: Mark Avery (President Qld Branch) Richard Olley (Assistant Chief Examiner Readings) Gaery Barbery, Glenn Hokin, Anneke Fitzgerald (Study Coordinator) Jennifer Kosiol.

Front Row: Alice Evans Moira McInerney, Racheal Smithson, Sheree Lloyd, Sharon Dowman and Sharon Sweeney. Absent: Dr Graham Beacom

SA: Dr Rachael Swift 

Vic/Tas: CMDR Robert Curtis, Briana Bass (Vic Branch President), Anthony Gust, Andrew Way AM (Board Director), Suzanne Sinni, Stephanie Allan, and Mary De Gori.

WA: Dr James Harris, Anne Hawkins, Rob Pulsford, Karen Horsely, Dr Viney Joshi, Dr Erica Davison, Dr Caroline Walker, Bernadette Kenny and David Naughton.

New Fellows from the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives (HKCHSE)

NZ: Julie Lucas

Gold Medal Awards

Life Members

Honorary Fellows

NSW Health Manager Leadership Awards

Need more?

For more information on awards and prizes, please email Alison McCann, National Programs Support Manager, or call (02) 8753 5111.

Alternative pathway

Prof Allan Cripps (Qld)

Dr S. Geethalakshmi

Dr Umesh Gupta

Andrew Newton

Amanda Quealy

Dr Sukumar Ramamurthi

Jennifer Richter

A/Prof Ledua Tamani

Dan Weeks

Also awarded but did not attend:

Dr Karen Luxford NSW
Stephen Walker SA

RACMA Fellows

Dr Chun Yee Tan (NSW)

Dr Jayanthi Jayakaran (SA)

Dr Peter Thomas (NSW)

Student Prizes

The Ian Brand Prize - for the best grade point average in a Masters Course in Health Management conducted throughout Australia. This year's we have three winners and they are:

Alicia Davies

Emmanuel Nene Dei

Lina Guo

The Anthony Suleau Prize - for the best grade point average in a Postgraduate diploma course in Health Management conducted throughout Australia. This year's winner is:

Damian Coe

The Grace Suleau Prize - for the best grade point average in an Undergraduate diploma course in health management conducted throughout Australia. This year's winner is:

Allan Feng

Congratulations to all our worthy winners! 

Need more?

For more information on awards and prizes, please email Alison McCann, National Programs Support Manager, or call (02) 8753 5111.