Northern Territory Medical Program Award
AMA Northern Territory Award dedicated to Dr David Meadows
In 2013 the AMA NT Council unanimously agreed to each year award a Northern Territory second year medicine student who is recognised as having the potential to make an outstanding contribution to healthcare in line with the achievements of Dr David Meadows to whom the Award is dedicated.
Dr David Meadows joined the AMA in 1994 and in 1995 was nominated and accepted to the position as the NT Representative on the AMA Council of General Practice and remained in the position until he took up the AMA NT Presidency in 1997 which he served for 12 months. He then once again took up the position on AMACGP which he held for another Dr Meadows was passionate about general practice and the myriad of challenges facing general practitioners into the 21st century. Dr Meadows served 2 years as Secretary and then 4 terms as AMA NT President while running a busy general practice. Dr Meadows was an outspoken proponent on behalf of general practitioners particularly those working in remote areas, providing unique insight in his role as a member of the AMACGP.
In addition, he ensured that the challenges specific to general practice in the Territory, for example the lack of comprehensive treatment programs for people living with drug addictions, the challenge of delivering health services in remote aboriginal communities to a population with the worse health statistics in the country, have been placed squarely on the National/Federal agenda.
His contribution to general practice in the Territory, representing the AMA on the General Practice Forum run by the Northern Territory Government Department of Health, the significant work he did to raise awareness amongst government in relation to drug abuse, the plight of drug addicts and the difficulties faced by medical practitioners in a jurisdiction that has consistently refused to acknowledge, let alone deal with the drug problem in the Territory, all contributed to the profile and credibility of the AMA, not just in the Territory but nationally.
Dr Meadows had a selfless approach to issues, and his willingness to step out of his comfort zone and commit time, energy and resources, and his willingness to speak out on matters many would resile from made him an outstanding GP and AMA President.
The NTMP student at the end of their 2nd year who is assessed by local faculty as being the strongest in the three attributes of:
- Improvement over the first year results;
- Having Initiative; and
The 2019 winner of the AMA Northern Territory Award was Ms Carol Koffsovitz presented by A/Professor Robert Parker, AMA NT President.
The 2018 winner of the AMA Northern Territory Award was Mr Brian Ch'ng. Unfortunately, Mr Ch'ng could not be present to accept the award as he was undertaking a placement on the Tiwi Islands, however thanked the AMA and said he was humbled to receive such an award and the prize is much appreciated and will go a long way to helping meet the expenses of studying medicine.
The 2017 winner of the AMA Northern Territory Award was Ms Fayth Christie presented by A/Professor Robert Parker, AMA NT President.
The 2016 winner of the AMA Northern Territory Award was Ms Khadijah Nadeem. Unfortunately, Ms Nadeem could not be present to accept the award, Ms Nadeem's parent gratefully accepted on her behalf. The award was presented by Dr Peter Beaumont, AMA NT Immediate Past President accompanied by A/Professor Pascale Dettwiller, Director of Remote Clinical School Katherine for the NTMP.
The 2015 winner of the AMA Northern Territory Award was Ms Claire Chandler presented by A/Professor Robert Parker, AMA NT President.
The 2014 winner of the AMA Northern Territory Award was Mr Felix Ho presented by Dr Peter Beaumont, AMA NT President.