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2020 RANZCOG Honours winners

16 November 2020

Congratulations to all the 2020 RANZCOG Honours winners.

RANZCOG bestows honours and awards on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the College and/or women’s health more broadly. Nominations are considered by the College Honours Committee and awarded by the RANZCOG Board.

Read all about the 2020 recipients below.

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Honorary Fellowship

Recipient: Professor Helena Teede

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Helena has made to women’s health, through her research, leadership, and mentorship of College Fellows. In particular, her research and exceptional leadership in the development of an acclaimed international PCOS guideline, which has made the investigation and management of this condition much improved for patients, not only in this country but worldwide.


The RANZCOG President's Medal

Recipient: Dr Celia Devenish

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Celia has made to the work of the College over many years. In particular, her extensive work on College committees, The RANZCOG Council and Board and dedication to medical education, spanning more than 25 years. The Board also acknowledges Celia’s service to teaching and incredible commitment to mentoring and supporting trainees.


Distinguished Service Medal

Recipient: Dr Ian Page

Awarded for the significant contribution Ian has made to the work of the College over many years. In particular, his work on numerous College committees and the RANZCOG Council over the past 15 years. The Board also recognises Ian’s tireless dedication to progressing and advocating for women’s health particularly in New Zealand.


Distinguished Service Medal

Recipient: A/Prof Edward Weaver

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Ted has made to the work of the College over many years. In particular, his extensive work on The RANZCOG Council, Board and College committees over the last 20 years, which continues to this day. The Board also acknowledges Ted’s incredible commitment to teaching, mentoring, and supporting trainees as well as his continued contribution to improving maternity services and maternal safety in Queensland. 


Distinguished Service Medal

Recipient: A/Prof Ian Pettigrew

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Ian has made to the work of the College notably, his work on numerous Committees and The RANZCOG Council as well as Ian’s significant contribution and commitment as a teacher, mentor and passionate advocate for regional obstetrics and gynaecological services.


RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award

Recipient: Professor Grant Montgomery

Awarded for Grant’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health as a world leading researcher in the field of genetics and genomics in the area of reproductive science. The Board particularly notes Grant’s work in endometriosis, which has reshaped global views on the aetiology of this disease.
 

RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award

Recipient: Dr Susan Jacobs

Awarded for Susan’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health over many years, in particular, her dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of indigenous women and longstanding commitment and advocacy work in the care of women with psychosocial vulnerabilities.
 

RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award

Recipient: A/Prof Chris Benness

Awarded for Chris’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health over many years, in particular, his dedication to the Urogynaecological Subspecialty, training gynaecologists from developing countries in Urogynaecological skills. The Board also recognises Chris’s commitment and dedication to providing gynaecological services to women in regional NSW for nearly 20 years.

 
RANZCOG Māori Women’s Health Award

Recipient: Professor Bev Lawton

Awarded for Bev’s extraordinary contribution to Māori women’s health in the field of cervical cancer prevention in Aotearoa. In particular, the Board recognises her advocacy and research in HPV self-testing, aiming to increase cervical screening uptake for Māori women.
 

RANZCOG Māori Women’s Health Award

Recipient: Smear your Mea Charitable Trust - Chair Eruera Keepa

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution to Māori women’s health in cervical cancer prevention through the extremely successful Smear Your Mea campaign, raising awareness of cervical cancer in Māori communities and encouraging women to have a smear test.



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