The Liam and Frankie Davison Award

Applications are now closed for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award.

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 an issue in women’s health.

This $1000* award provides an exciting opportunity for students, whether they are interested in medicine, science, 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.

For further information please contact the RANZCOG Foundation Coordinator by email at [email protected].

*Up to two awards offered; winning entrant(s) will receive $1000 in AUD or NZD as applicable, based on country of residence.

Eligibility Criteria

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).

How to Apply
Applications are now closed for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award​.

All applications must include a completed application form and an original literary piece of not more than 2000 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.).

Download the Supplementary Information for schools and students (PDF)
Download the Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Download the Application Form (PDF)

2018 Winners Announced

RANZCOG is delighted to announce the 2018 winners of the Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health.

The 2018 recipients are Gaia Bahaar of Melbourne Girls' Grammar School (VIC, Australia), Madeline Ungvary of Sylvania High School (NSW, Australia) and Emma Uren of Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland, New Zealand). 

The Award Committee was most impressed by the topics selected and the quality of the many entries received this year across New Zealand and Australia. Fiction and non-fiction works were submitted covering a broad range of topics including endometriosis, body image concerns, domestic violence, fertility, menstruation, gender inequality and sexual harassment.

Winner 2018: Manifesting #MeToo - G Bahaar (PDF)

Winner 2018: Unnatural Selection – M Ungvary (PDF)

Winner 2018: The Day of the Fire – E Uren (PDF)

More information

For more information on the Liam and Frankie Davison Award, please contact the RANZCOG Foundation Coordinator:

Phone: +61 3 9417 1699
Email: [email protected] 

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