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Awards & Prizes

The John Ritchie Prize

This prize was established in 1983 by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) and is open to NZSA members only.

Background

The Ritchie Prize is sponsored by the NZSA and is awarded for the best presentation in the Ritchie Prize Session at the ASM that meets the required standard.

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Selection for the session is made by the Scientific Convenor of the ASM in consultation with the NZSA Education and Research Officer or deputy. To be accepted for the session the abstract and the work described in it must be of a suitably high standard. Papers should not be accepted simply to fill spaces in the Ritchie Prize Session. Any questions regarding eligibility shall be referred to the NZSA Education and Research Officer or deputy.

Entrants must declare compliance with the following conditions:

    • Work presented in this session must have been carried out predominantly in New Zealand.
    • The presenter should be the lead researcher and must have played the major role in the conduct of the study and preparation of the presentation.
    • The presenter must be a member of NZSA.
    • The work must not have been presented previously at a major Australasian or International Meeting. (Note that presentation at a NZ meeting would not normally preclude later presentation elsewhere).
    • Receipt of appropriate Ethics Committee approval.
  1. The Prize shall be awarded to the presenter judged to have the best paper at the Ritchie Prize Session which is held at the Annual Scientific meeting organised in whole or in part by the NZSA and at which the Society’s Annual General Meeting is held. In the year an ASM is not held, the Ritchie Prize shall not be awarded.
  2. Any questions relating to eligibility for the Prize shall be referred to the President of NZSA for discussion by the NZSA Executive Committee. The NZSA Executive Committee’s decision will be final.
  3. Three adjudicators for the Prize will be appointed annually by the NZSA Executive Committee. The judges will not themselves be eligible for the prize while acting in that capacity.
  4. An award will only be made if, in the opinion of the judges, there is a paper of sufficient merit.
  5. Selection of papers: Selection for the session is made by the Scientific Convenor of the ASM in consultation with the NZSA Education Officer. To be accepted for the session the abstract and the work described in it must be of a suitably high standard.
  6. bly high standard.

The judging panel of three is selected and led by the NZSA Education Officer.

  • Judges are ineligible to enter.
  • Judges must be given a copy of these guidelines.
  • The approved marking schedule is to be used.
  • To be eligible for the Prize a presentation shall score well in every section.
  • If there is no presentation of a suitable standard the judges shall make no award.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

The current value of the John Ritchie Prize is $2500. The winner will also receive a suitable certificate. The work of the winner may also be submitted to the AIC Journal (Anaesthesia and Intensive Care) for publication. The winner of the Ritchie Prize winner will be invited to apply for the NZSA Ritchie Prize Research Grant. Receipt of the Research Grant is not automatic. The John Ritchie Prize Research Award Value $5000.

This will be offered to the winner of the Ritchie Prize who will be asked to submit a proposal to the NZSA Executive (no more than one A4 sheet) within three months of receiving the award.

The award is to be for a specific project or part of a project and supported by a budget.

The proposal will be considered by a subcommittee convened by the NZSA Education Officer who will make a recommendation to the NZSA Executive Committee. A condition of the award is that a report on the project be submitted within 12 months of receiving the award and that work arising from the award should be presented at a meeting in New Zealand.

This is a named plenary session at the ASM. If there are insufficient entrants the balance of the session should be made up with other submitted free papers. The format of presentations is a 10 minute oral presentation with 5 minutes for questions, and will include candidates for both the Ritchie and NZSA Trainee Prize. The winner of the John Ritchie Prize will be invited to apply for the NZSA Ritchie Prize Research Grant. Receipt of the Research Grant is not automatic.

NZSA Trainee Prize

The NZSA Trainee Prize of $1000 will be awarded to the Trainee judged to have presented the best paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting at which the Society’s AGM is held. The applicant should have made the dominant contribution to the work for the prize and be an NZSA member.

  • Three adjudicators for the prize will be appointed annually by the NZSA Executive Committee. The judges will not themselves be eligible for the prize while acting in that capacity.
  • An award will only be made if, in the opinion of the judges, there is a paper of sufficient merit.
  • Eligibility is limited to trainees who, at the time their abstract is submitted, are in a recognised vocational training program in New Zealand and who is a member of the NZSA.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

NZSA Poster Prize

The NZSA Poster Prize of $500 will be awarded to the person judged to have produced the best poster at the Annual Scientific Meeting at which the Society’s AGM is held, and who was not selected to present at the Ritchie Prize Session. The applicant should have made the dominant contribution to the work for the prize and be an NZSA member.

Posters will be presented at a separate session during the ASM. The format of presentations is a 5 min presentation with 2 min for questions.

  • The judging panel of two will be selected and led by the NZSA Education Officer.  The judges will not themselves be eligible for the prize while acting in that capacity.
  • An award will only be made if, in the opinion of the judges, there is a paper of sufficient merit.
  • Eligibility is limited to members of the NZSA.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

NZSA Registrar Prize for Best Quality Assurance/Audit Paper at the Annual Registrars Meeting (ARM)

This prize is awarded for the best audit/quality assurance presentation at the annual Auckland Registrar Meeting (ARM). Entrants are only eligible for this prize if they are members of the NZSA.

The NZSA contributes $1000 towards the ARM meeting and awards a $1250 prize to the winning applicant.

Waitaki Boys High School

Waitaki Boy High School receives a $50 NZSA prize donation at their annual prize giving ceremony in honour of Sir Robert Reynolds Macintosh. This is presented by an NZSA rep at the school ceremony.

Post Anaesthesia Care Unit Award (PACU)

The NZSA contributes $1000 to the PACU conference annually. This goes towards speaker costs or prizes.

Auckland University of Technology Prize (AUT)

The top student recipient  from Auckland University of Technology Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) receives $750 prize money from NZSA. It is designed to recognise training and enhance career opportunities for AUT graduates generally.

NZSA Anaesthetic Technician’s Prize

NZSA offers a total prize pool of $1800 annually.

$500 prize money is offered to the top candidate of the NZATS’ Registration Exam in March and October.

The NZSA also sponsors three prizes that are presented at the NZATS conference annually.

1st Prize NZATS conference – $500

2nd Prize NZATS conference – $200

3rd Prize NZATS conference – $100

New Zealand Anaesthesia Visiting Lectureships

NZAEC  established the NZ Anaesthesia Visiting Lectureship in 2008 to promote sharing knowledge and experience through outstanding presentations among anaesthesia departments and practices. Each year, heads of departments are invited to nominate members of staff who have given an outstanding presentation at a continuing medical education session and are willing to give their presentations at two other centres in New Zealand the following year. NZAEC covers the travel and accommodation costs involved in making the visits.

Applications close on 30 September each year. See here for a downloadable nomination form. 

Departments interested in hosting a visiting lecturer to present in their department expression of interest to nzaec@anaesthesia.org.nzThis downloadable form should be submitted by 30 September for interest in the following year’s lectureship programme.