Nominations open for the 2016 Annual Society Awards

 

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NOMINATIONS 2016

(A) THE HONOURS:

(a) Fellow of the Society

(b) Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Medal

(c) Honorary Membership

(d) President's Citation

(e) Christchurch Medal Award

(B) THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR A SOCIETY HONOUR:

(C) THE DECISION-MAKING AND AWARD PROCESS:

(D) NOMINATION FORM

 

The following MUST BE ATTACHED for the application to be complete:

  • A statement of no more than 200 words which will become the citation to be read at the award presentation if the nomination is approved
  • A list of achievements and distinguished service, including dates, which in the proposers' opinion render the nominee suitable for the honour
  • A current curriculum vitae for the person nominated for the honour.
  • Each nomination must be proposed and seconded by a Full Member or Fellow of the Society 


Becoming a Fellow of the Society, an Honorary Member of the Society, Receiving a President's Citation or Society Medal or Receiving a Christchurch Medal Award

(revised November 2009)
 
The Urological Society has fiveways it can bestow an honour on an individual.  Each honour is meant to serve a different purpose and these are set below.  What is written is based upon the Society's current Constitution or on resolutions made by the Board of Directors (formerly the Executive) from time to time.

The process of determining those who should receive these honours is also set out and has been designed to simplify the process for those who nominate and for the Board of Directors of the Society which is empowered to make decisions about who is honoured.

None of the honours are restricted by the country in which the person lives.  This reflects the increasing travel and communication between urologists from different countries.

Any of the honours can be awarded posthumously.

(A) THE HONOURS:

Fellow of the Society: 

This membership is the highest honour the Society can bestow and it is given to "a Society member who in the opinion of the Board of Directors has rendered distinguished service to the Society and the practice of urology."  In more recent times the second criterion - distinguished service to the practice of urology - has been taken to mean a significant academic or clinical contribution to urology.   While this category of membership of the Society is open to all members, in practice it is extremely unlikely that such an award could be made to a person who was not a practicing urologist.  A Fellow pays no annual subscription to the Society and retains the title of "Fellow" for life unless the person resigns from the Society.

Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Medal: 

This honour is available to a Society member who has given exceptional service and leadership to Society members in at least one aspect of the Society's work over a considerable number of years.  The Society medal is always awarded for "exceptional service in .....".  Like the Fellow, it is extremely unlikely that a medal could be given to a person who is not or was not a practicing urologist.  The medal is NOT a membership category.  Being awarded the medal has no effect on annual subscriptions to the Society.

President’s Citation

This honour may be awarded for the provision of exceptional urological services to the community. Such service would have been delivered over many years and may also include services that may have been provided on a pro bono basis.  

Honorary Membership:  

This category of membership is available to any person, who in the opinion of the Board of Directors has made a distinguished contribution to urology or the Society.  It is highly unlikely that this honour would be given to an Australasian urologist because other categories would be more appropriate.   This honour could be given to a person who is not a Society member but has made a distinguished contribution in any of many ways, eg an overseas urologist, a benefactor, a non-member who has made a lasting and appreciated contribution.  An honorary member retains the title for life unless he/she resigns from the Society.  No annual membership fee is payable.

Christchurch Medal Award:

The Board of Directors, at its meeting on 1 May 2011, resolved to introduce the Christchurch Medal, to recognize urologists who demonstrated outstanding acts for the benefit of others immediately following the devastating earthquake on 22 February 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The USANZ 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) was being held in Christchurch at the time of the earthquake. At the 2012 ASM the Medal, constructed from building debris metal resulting from the earthquake, was first presented to four Members of the Society for outstanding acts of bravery during the earthquake.

Going forward the Christchurch Medal will be awarded for ‘exceptional community service’.

In the spirit of acknowledging outstanding global endeavors, this honour is available to a urologist who may or may not be a USANZ member and may reside outside Australia and New Zealand. The medal is NOT a membership category.  Being awarded the medal has no effect on annual subscriptions to the Society.

Awards may be made posthumously.

There are two criteria for the Christchurch Medal Award: 

Award Nomination Criteria

a) Christchurch Medal Bravery Award:
awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Bravery Award nominees are to have:
Been involved in a situation/s where   the nominee risked personal injury and/or death to save the life or   render assistance to someone in need.
b) Christchurch Medal Community Service Award:
awarded in recognition of USANZ members who have given exceptional community service.
Community Service Award nominees are to have:
Substantially contributed to the   improvement of the quality of life of members of a community through   humanitarian endeavours.
       

(B) THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR A SOCIETY HONOUR:

  • The USANZ office will contact all Full Members and Fellows and invite them to nominate appropriate persons for a Society Honour.  The pro forma nomination form will be provided.
  • No person can be nominated for more than one honour.
  • Each nomination shall be proposed and seconded by a Full Member or Fellow of the Society and all details on the application which are relevant to the honour sought are to be completed.
  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • The person being nominated should NOT be contacted by the proposer or seconder under any circumstance.
  • The USANZ office will contact the successful person(s) to ascertain their willingness to receive the honour.
  • Nominations received at the specified place for lodgement after the due date will not be considered.  The due date will be set to permit the Board of Directors to receive all applications prior to the planned Board of Directors' meeting. 

(C) THE DECISION-MAKING AND AWARD PROCESS:

A Society Awards Nominations Committee (SANC) was formed in November 2009 to review nominations for the various Society Awards and the committee will make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

The SANC consists of:

  • Past President (Chair)
  • Vice President
  • One Board Member seconded each year (It is at the discretion of the SANC Chair with regards to which Director he or she approaches regarding the seconded position on the committee).
  • The Chair will present the SANC recommendations to the Board.
  • The Society Office shall prepare a ballot paper which clearly sets out the names of each person properly nominated for each honour.
  • At the Board of Directors' meeting, each Board member shall secretly vote "for" or "against" each person nominated for an honour.
  • Any person receiving more than one vote against the awarding of the honour will be not be awarded the honour. 
  • The SANC Chair will contact the various award proposers and provide confidential feedback.
  • The Society office will contact the successful person(s) to ascertain their willingness to receive the honour.
  • Where possible the Society President will award honours at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society where the citation for the honour will be read.

Please send your completed nomination form to 'Society Awards' Nominations' - USANZ by email at communication@usanz.org.au, fax or post.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2016 NOW CLOSED

(D) NOMINATION FORM

The PDF nomination form contains fillable form fields. To complete this form electronically, open in the file in a PDF viewer and click on the tab "Fill and Sign".

 
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