Call for Nominations

The University of Melbourne is calling for nominations for the award of The Sir William Upjohn Medal. The Sir William Upjohn Medal is awarded by the University of Melbourne in commemoration of Sir William George Dismore Upjohn (1888-1979) and is available for award every five years.

In awarding this Medal the University aims to recognise an individual’s distinguished services to medicine in Australia: services such as national leadership or reform of medical processes, systems or programs, or a seminal medical discovery, that have made a widespread impact on the Australian population by improving or protecting the health of the Australian people.

The inaugural Upjohn Medal was awarded to Jacques FAP Miller AC in 1977, recognising his discovery of the role of the thymus. The most recent award was made to Richard Smallwood AO in 2013, in recognition of his body of work as Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, President of the Australian Medical Council and Chair of the Forum of Health Professions Councils.

Making a Nomination


The Sir William Upjohn Medal recipient should be a medical practitioner who has been resident in Australia for at least three of the past five years.


The medal will be awarded in recognition of distinguished service to medicine in Australia. This would include, for example, contributions such as national leadership of an important health issue, or reform of medical processes, systems or programs, or a seminal medical discovery, that has improved or protected the health of the Australian people.


Nominations can be made using the online nomination form and must include the following:

  • Nomination statement (300 words) describing the nominee’s contributions and impact on medicine in Australia
  • Statement describing the nominator’s relationship to the nominee and duration of that relationship
  • One-page statement from seconder (from a different state or institution)
  • One-page CV of nominee

Please note: Self-nominations and nominations from institutions will not be considered. The selection committee may request further information in order to reach a decision.

Make a nomination

Nominations close on 13 November 2020.

For further information, or if you have any queries, please email Liz Brentnall.

We hope to make a decision later this year, but do not expect to award the medal until next year due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and gatherings.