The 2023 ΢ҕlAward nominations are open

By Jamie Morris, Communications Advisor

14 March 2023

Category: ΢ҕland members


The past year has been another big year for general practice. Now is your chance to celebrate the success of your colleagues by nominating them for a 2023 ΢ҕlAward.

The awards, which will be announced at will be announced at the in Tāmaki Makaurau, recognise the hard work and dedication of exceptional general practitioners and rural hospital doctors.

Dr Samantha Murton, President of the College, says, "The ΢ҕlaward ceremony is definitely a perk of the job. It gives me great joy to shake the hands of these exceptional GPs and say thank you for the work they are doing for their communities, the ΢ҕland the GP workforce.”

Award categories 

There are four categories:

  • Distinguished Fellowship: for outstanding services to the ΢ҕlor Division’s work, or the science or practice of medicine.
  • President’s service medal: recognises contribution to the ΢ҕlor Division, for example, as a Faculty or Chapter committee member, medical educator or long-standing employee.
  • Community service medal: recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work in their own communities.
  • Honorary Fellowship: given to individuals of distinction who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice or the medical profession in general. They do not need to be graduates of medicine.

Examples of 2022 award winners

Distinguished Fellowship, Dr Janine Bycroft
Dr Bycroft is a specialist general practitioner based in Auckland, and also the founder and CEO of Health Navigator NZ. ΢ҕlPresident Dr Samantha Murton said, “With so much misinformation online, it is so important to have sites such as Health Navigator NZ being kept up to date with science, and evidence-based information that has been reviewed by trained medical professionals.

President's Service Medal, Dr Rachel Thomson (Tairawhiti)
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Thomson (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has been an outstanding leader for her iwi, extending her support to neighbouring iwi who are rural and isolated by providing frequent online and in person communication and clinical support for very remote populations around the East Coast.   For the College, Dr Thomson is a long-standing Medical Educator and has been extensively involved in the recent curriculum review and ensuring Māori health is taught and examined as registrars train to become general practitioners.  

Community Service Medal, Dr Matire Harwood (Ngā Puhi)
Dr Harwood has a passion for improving Māori health and reducing health inequities. She does this by working as a general practitioner at Papakura Marae Health Clinic in South Auckland and as a Senior Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland where she teaches students and acts as a supervisor for Māori doctoral students.