Liam and Frankie Davison Award

The RANZCOG Secondary Schools Literary Competition


Applications for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award closed on 30 April 2021. The 2022 round will open in January 2022.

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.

For further information please contact the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation 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).

2021 Liam and Frankie Award winners

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 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.

Winner 2021: Baby Blue Icing – Dinali Fernando

Winner 2021: Ginger Tea & Yoga – Matilda Hockey

More information

For more information on the Liam and Frankie Davison Award, please contact the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation:

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

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