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2018 New Zealand Medical Teaching Awards


2018 Award Winners

Hannah Lawn


Ben McConchie

Dr Hannah Lawn, Taranaki & Dr Ben McConchie, Waikato

Congratulations to Dr Hannah Lawn, who is the 2018 winner of the SMO category, and Dr Ben McConchie who is the 2018 winner of the RMO catergory. There were a large number of nominations which made the job very challenging for our judging panel. Thank you to all finalists and nominees for your commitment to teaching and the medical profession.

Teaching Award Logo


The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) and the New Zealand Medical Students' Association (NZMSA) are delighted to announce the second annual New Zealand Medical Teaching Awards.

The awards aim to recognise:

a)      the positive impact that many doctors have made through the World Medical Council Declaration of Geneva; “I will share my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare” & “I will give to my teachers, colleagues and students the respect and gratitude that is their due, and;  

b) to encourage the development of a positive clinical teaching culture and environment for the benefit of students, staff and ultimately patients.


We want nominees who:

  • create/facilitate a positive learning environment
  • are innovative in teaching
  • are engaging in teaching
  • provide a unique contribution to teaching
  • show commitment and passion to education
  • exemplify professionalism
  • are excellent clinical role models
  • provide constructive feedback in an appropriate manner
  • go above and beyond their normal duties
  • actively seek feedback for continuous improvement
  • display other exemplary characteristics not covered by the above criteria
Award recipients

2017 Award recipients Dr Aaron Ooi (RMO) from Hamilton, and Dr Helen Pike (SMO) from Blenhiem with NZMSA President Jibi Kunnethedam and NZMA Chair Dr Kate Baddock.

The New Zealand Medical Teaching Award logo: The wings represent the wisdom, nurturing, protection and guidance of a teacher, and the Rod of Asclepius represents healing and medicine.