Each year RANZCOG invites senior secondary students resident in Australia or New Zealand to apply for the Liam and Frankie Davison award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on women’s health.
This $1000 award provides an exciting opportunity for students, whether they are interested in medicine, science, mental health, sociology, politics or law. Launched in 2014, the award was renamed in 2015 in honour of RANZCOG staff member and award-winning author, Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, a secondary school teacher, in recognition of their shared passion for nurturing and encouraging young writers.
Entrants can write about any issue in women’s health that interests them. Previous submissions have included fictional and non-fictional pieces addressing a broad range of issues including anorexia, child marriage, pregnancy in third world countries, assisted reproductive technology and violence against women.
Applications are open to students in their final three years of secondary school (Years 10, 11 or 12 in Australia and Years 11, 12 or 13 in New Zealand).
Number of scholarships
Up to two awards are offered each year; the winning entrant(s) will receive $1000 in AUD or NZD as applicable, based on country of residence.
How to apply
Applications for the 2022 Liam and Frankie Davison award closed on 29 April 2022. The 2023 round will open in February next year.
All applications must include a completed application form and an original literary piece of 500–1000 words on any topic of interest in women’s health (examples might include an opinion piece on a social issue, a short story, a report etc.).
Thank you to all students who participated in this year’s Liam and Frankie Davison award competition. The award committee was impressed by the quality and the thoughtfulness of the submissions, covering a range of topics including endometriosis, body image concerns, domestic violence, fertility, menstruation, gender inequality, child marriage and sexual harassment.
Matilda Hockey of Mt St Michael’s College and Dinali Fernando of Presbyterian Ladies’ College were both announced 2021 winners of the Liam and Frankie Davison award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health. Read their winning entries below, as well as winning entries from previous years.
|Year||Winning entries||Year||Winning entries|
|2021||Baby Blue Icing by Dinali Fernando||2021||Ginger Tea & Yoga by Matilda Hockey|
|2019||Chasing Sunset by Bessie Yuan|
|2018||Manifesting #MeToo by Gaia Bahaar||2018||Unnatural Selection by Madeline Ungvary|
|2018||The Day of the Fire by Emma Uren|
|2017||Gag Trumps Women’s Rights by Gaia Bahaar||2017||Early Exposure to the Internet has Influenced my Generation’s View of ‘Normal’ Women by Angus McCregor|
|2016||Virginity: A Way of Oppression and Restriction by J Down|
|2015||A Girl of Iron by Izabella Watkins-Gray||2015||The Business of Domesticating Women: A Study of Female Targeted Sex-trafficking by R Machado|
|2014||Female Genital Mutilation by Eloise Sims||2014||Life’s Not Fair by Katherine Cosman|
For more information, please contact the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation:
Phone: +61 3 9412 2993