Awards and Recognition
ANZSOM acknowledges the commitment and contribution of all our members, who work hard to realise our vision for
We also recognise particular achievements and exemplary contributions in our field of occupational medicine through a range of awards as described below.
President's Award for Excellence in Occupational Health
The President's Award, initiated in 2019, recognises the commitment, excellence and outstanding contribution of an ANZSOM member in the field of occupational health. It is awarded annually.
President's Award 2022 recipient - Melinda Miller
Congratulations to Melinda Miller as the recipient of the 2022 President’s Award for commitment, excellence and outstanding contribution in the field of occupational health. Melinda was our longest-serving ANZSOM President, from 2015 - 2021. Melinda was also instrumental in developing the Model of Collaboration with RACP (AFOEM) in 2017, and the Memorandum of Collaboration with the UK Society of Occupational Medicine in 2021.
Previous President's Award recipients:
- 2022 - Melinda Miller
- 2021 - Dr Miguel Kabilio
- 2020 - Sally Kane
- 2019 - Dr Edward Foley
ANZSOM Nurse Award
To celebrate the Year of the Nurse & Midwife, ANZSOM's Nurse Award was initiated in 2020. The award recognises contributions to workplace health, undertaken by an occupational health nurse.
Nurse Award 2022 recipient - Helen Truscott
Congratulations to Helen Truscott from Queensland, who has been awarded the ANZSOM Nurses' Award for 2022 for her contribution to ANZSOM. Helen has been an active member of the Nurse Strategy Group this year as we have worked hard to finalise the Competency Standards and Recognition Program - her critical thinking and diverse experience have been invaluable in this process. Helen also contributed to a successful ASM in Brisbane in March and presented at the inaugural Nurse Focus Webinar in May, while continuing to work hard on the ground to support workplace health.
Previous Nurse Award recipients:
- 2022 - Helen Truscott
- 2020 - Louise Bunn
Kevin Sleigh Medal
WorkSafe Victoria, together with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) are proud to support the annual Kevin Sleigh Memorial Lecture, delivered in honour of our esteemed colleague and friend Dr Kevin Sleigh and celebrating the qualities that Kevin brought to the profession of occupational medicine.
The Kevin Sleigh lecture to recognize Kevin Sleigh’s contributions to AFOEM (RACP), ANZSOM and Worksafe Victoria and was a celebration of his professional legacy.
2022 Kevin Sleigh lecture
The 2022 Kevin Sleigh lecture was held in-person and virtually on Monday 29 August. The lecture was presented by Chief Health Officer of Transport for NSW, Dr Armand Casolin on 'Lessons and challenges in drug and alcohol testing'.
2021 Kevin Sleigh lecture
The 2021 Kevin Sleigh lecture was held virtually on Monday 9 August. The lecture was presented by the previous Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria, Professor Allen Cheng on 'Lessons from the Second COVID-19 Wave'.
2020 Kevin Sleigh lecture
In 2020 the Kevin Sleigh lecture was held virtually on Monday 19th October 2020. The lecture was presented by Dr Ian Hosegood, Director Medical Services, Qantas and the lecture topic was 'Aviation medicine and COVID-19'.
2019 Kevin Sleigh lecture
In 2019 the Inaugural Kevin Sleigh lecture and dinner was held on Monday 19th August 2019. The lecture topic, ‘Through the looking glass – return to work in mental health from different perspectives’, was presented by Dr Dielle Felman, Mr Mark Belanti and Dr Andrea James. The evening was also attended by Kevin’s wife Val and family. Val presented the Kevin Sleigh Medal to Dr Dielle Felman.
Kevin Sleigh Memorial Presentation - ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting
The Kevin Sleigh Memorial Presentation was established in 2019 in honour of Dr Kevin Sleigh’s contribution to occupational medicine and his great support for doctors in training.
The presentation features the Ramazzini Prize recipient – a prize awarded each year by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine (AFOEM), for the best scientific paper by an AFOEM Trainee.
ANZSOM provides financial support to the Ramazzini Prize winner for travel and accommodation for in-person attendance at the ASM, as well as free registration for the day of the presentation.
Previous (in-person) Kevin Sleigh Memorial Presentations have been supported by Sonic HealthPlus.
2019 Ramazzini Prize winner, Dr Bianca Cheong (presented at ASM2019, Adelaide) – click to view presentation (member login required)
2020 Ramazzini Prize winner, Dr Nicola Emslie (presented at ASM2020, held virtually) – click to view presentation (member login required)
2021 Ramazzini Prize winner, Dr Zen Yap (presented at ASM2022, Brisbane) – click to view presentation (member login required)
For more information, please contact the Secretariat
David Goddard Best Paper Award
In 2016 the award for best paper submitted at the Annual Scientific Meeting was introduced to recognise excellence and originality in the research and practice of occupational health. The award is named in honour of long standing member and respected educator David Goddard, and is presented annually at the ASM.
Hugh Denehy Oration
The Hugh Denehy oration was presented for the first time at the 2006 ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting to celebrate the memory of one of ANZSOM's founding members, and one of its greatest proponents. The oration was established in his memory in perpetuity, and is presented annually at the ASM.
Fellowships and Honorary Memberships
‘Fellowship’ of the Society may be awarded by General Council to members who have made an outstanding contribution to occupational medicine / nursing.
‘Honorary Member’ may be awarded by General Council to non-members who have made an outstanding contribution to occupational medicine / nursing.
The following are Fellows or Honorary Members of ANZSOM:
Dr Beryl Edye
Dr Con Goldfinch
Dr Ian Hamilton
Dr George Hanna
Dr Helen Jagger
Dr Bob Kenyon
Ms Sylvia Kidziak
Dr Ralph Meyer
Dr Bernard Nolan
Dr James Milne
Dr Michael Murray-Alston
Dr James Rowe
Dr Amanda Sillcock
Dr John Silver
Dr Trevor Smith
Dr Graham Boothby
Dr Beata Byok
Dr Richie Gun
A/Prof Michael Shanahan
Dr Peter Jezukaitis
Dr John Cross
Dr Lewis Blake
Dr J McNulty
Dr Kar Chan Wan
Dr John Suthers