Locally Administered SPARC Prizes

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Locally Administered Prizes are administered by the relevant State Committees or the Editorial Board of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care journal. 

Full details are available in the ASA Bylaws. A brief summary of each locally administered prize is described below.

Locally administered prizes

The award was originally suggested in 1996 by Dr Dennis Hayward. Further discussions at Editorial Board meetings in 1997 led to the formation of the initial working party and allowed for the inaugural presentation of the award at the October 1998 NSC. The initial award covered original articles published in the 1997 calendar year.

The ASA Board approved the Jeanette Thirlwell best paper award in May 2014, in recognition of her role as the Executive Editor of ‘Anaesthesia and Intensive Care’ after over 30 years in the role.

The award honours Dr Seresa Seruvatu who was one of Fiji’s earliest and most distinguished anaesthetists. He worked in several Pacific region countries and was elected to Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1972.

The first Seruvatu Medal was awarded to Dr Narko Tutuo from the Solomon Islands in 1997. The award is made to the anaesthetist who obtains the highest mark in the Diploma of Anaesthesia examination at the Fiji School of Medicine.

This prize was first proposed by the Committee of Management of the WA Section of the ASA in 1985 as the “ASA Registrar Prize”.

It was decided to name this prize in honour of Dr Nerida Dilworth. The first award was made in 1988 for a presentation in 1987. It is awarded to a registrar who has made significant contribution to the specialty as assessed by the Western Australian committee of management.

The ASA (Western Australian Section) and ANZCA (Western Australian Regional Committee) Gilbert Troup Prize in Anaesthetics commemorates the West Australian anaesthetist Dr Gilbert Troup, who was the Second President of the ASA and a pioneer in the establishment of Anaesthesia as a separate discipline in Western Australia. The prize was initially awarded in 1962, and from 2001 the ASA (WA) / ANZCA (WA) Gilbert Troup Prize is awarded by the appropriate Board of Examiners of the University of Western Australia to the medical student who obtains the highest mark for the assessment in anaesthesia.

The Qld Committee of Management of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists awards prizes to registrars on the basis of research/presentations to State CME meetings. The award was introduced in 2009.

The Tasmanian Committee of Management of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists awards prizes to registrars on the basis of research/presentations to State CME meetings. The award was introduced in 2009.

The ACT Committee of Management of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists awards prizes to registrar’s on the basis of research. The award was introduced in 2011. In 2015 the name was changed from the ASA (ACT) Chairman’s Registrars Prize to the Dr Thomas Lo ASA (ACT) Registrars Prize.

The ASA (Western Australian Section) and ANZCA (Western Australian Regional Committee) Prize in Anaesthetics was first awarded as a joint prize in 2010. The Dr Wally Thompson Prize will be awarded by the appropriate Board of Examiners of the Notre Dame University to the medical student who obtains the highest mark for the assessment in anaesthesia.

The award will be presented annually to the first author of the best paper describing work performed in Australia or New Zealand published in ‘Anaesthesia and Intensive Care’ during the previous calendar year by an applicant within five years of specialist recognition in anaesthesia, intensive care, or pain medicine, given that this author can confirm that he or she made the largest contribution of all authors to the paper. This award was proposed and approved by the ASA board in 2015 and endorsed by the Editorial Board. .

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