Outstanding Clinician Award

Intention of Award

The GESA Outstanding Clinician Award recognises a GESA member's outstanding contribution to clinical gastroenterology and hepatology.
The particular focus of this award is to recognise mentorship and clinical excellence over many years of practice. 

Submit your nomination to nominations@gesa.org.au with the subject line: OCA 2020
2020 nominations close 8pm (AEST) on Friday 28 August 2020

Frequency of Award
Nominations sought annually.

Nature of Award
Oral Presentation in the plenary session at Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW) in the year of the award.
A certificate and trophy.

Qualifications Criteria

The nominee must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must be a financial member of the Society for the past 12 month and is currently financial
  • Must NOT be currently serving on the GESA Board
  • A career in clinical practice sustained over a number of years. Important: This award will recognize a distinguished career in clinical practice which may also include a notable contribution to research
  • Must be available to attend (AGW) in that year to accept the award and deliver a plenary presentation on an area of clinical (or related) expertise.

Nomination Guidelines

  • GESA members will be informed about the award criteria and guidelines through GESA’s Snapshot newsletter and website.
  • To nominate an individual for this award, the nomination should be sent via email to  nominations@gesa.org.au  Subject line: OCA.
  • Nominations may be made by an individual GESA member or by a GESA Faculty, Network, SIG, or the GESA Board.
  • The nomination must include a citation (maximum one (1) A4 Page) written to highlight the reasons for the nomination.
  • Nominations without a citation will not be considered.
  • There is no obligation to make an award each year.

Mechanism of Selection

The GESA Board will select the award holder by the following process:

  • The CEO will present the nominations at the June GESA board meeting (Exception for 2020)
  • Nominations shall be treated as strictly confidential by all GESA Board members; in particular, Board members who nominate an individual must not inform a potential recipient of their nomination
  • After a brief presentation of each nomination, the GESA board will vote. The award will be made to the nominee who receives more than 50% of the available votes. When there is a field of more than two (2) nominees, if on the first vote one (1) nominee does not attract more than 50% of the total vote of GESA Board, the two (2) nominees who receive the highest number of votes will be voted on again. In the event of a tied vote, the recipient of the award will be decided by the GESA Board
  • If no contribution is judged by the GESA Board to be of a suitable high standard an award will not be made.

Presentation of Certificate and Trophy

A certificate and trophy will be presented at AGW during the plenary (2020 possible exception).


Download a copy of the Outstanding Clinician Awards criteria here

Past recipients of the Outstanding Clinician Award