Medal of Distinction 2023

Nominations have now closed. Thank you for acknowledging your colleagues for their exceptional contribution to women’s health and well-being.

Do you know of a colleague or leader in women's healthcare whose exceptional endeavours have led to genuine improvements in women’s health?

If you do, please nominate them for the Women’s Healthcare Australasia Medal of Distinction for 2023, to be awarded at the MGP networking dinner on 20 November 2023, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

The WHA Medal of Distinction honours those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of women and babies through service provision, leadership, or advocacy. The WHA Medal of Distinction may be awarded both to individuals directly affiliated with WHA and also to members of the broader healthcare community.

Current Women's Healthcare Australasia Policy for the Medal of Distinction:

The medal may be awarded to members and non-members of Women’s Healthcare Australasia. For those directly affiliated with WHA, the criteria for awarding the Medal of Distinction include a significant period of service to WHA, and sustained leadership and advocacy for women’s health. The Medal of Distinction is not awarded for long service but, rather, for exceptional and meritorious service. For members of the broader community, the criterion is recognition at a national level for leadership and advocacy for women’s health.

Access the nomination form here:

If you have any questions regarding nominations, please call our team on +61 (02) 6185 0325 or email us here.

Congratulations to our 2022 Medal of Distinction Recipient:
Prof Leonie Callaway.

Professor Callaway’s contribution to women’s and newborn health in the Australian population includes significant improvement into health systems, services, policy and programs. Her work involves writing, implementing and evaluating local and state-wide Clinical Practice Guidelines focusing on obesity, diabetes, growth restriction, obstetric cholestasis, hypertension, thromboembolism, COVID-19 and pregnancy.

Leonie also led the simplification of GDM screening processes during the pandemic in QLD, which was adopted Australia-wide and internationally, with publications in press. She has >20 local and international presentations about compassionate clinical care for larger bodied-women (based on her research about childhood trauma), with consistent feedback that these profoundly affect clinician attitudes and clinical practice.