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2020 CPMEC Junior Doctor of the Year Award

Since 2008, CPMEC has recognised junior doctors who made significant contributions to prevocational medical education and training. It was agreed that a two-tiered award structure be put in place with jurisdictional winners selected by each Postgraduate Medical Council or equivalent and the overall winner then selected by a small judging panel. The quality of nominations for the CPMEC award was extremely high in 2020 with nominations received from all CPMEC members. Usually the jurisdictional winners and the overall winner are recognised at the annual Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum.  With the 2020 Forum postponed to 2021, there was a virtual ceremony this year on 24 November. 

The recipient of this award will be a junior doctor with a satisfactory clinical performance who fulfils more than one of the following criteria:

  • Made a significant contribution to teaching and learning as a prevocational trainee in their workplace settings ; and/or
  • Demonstrated special contributions to education and training such as project work, publications, posters, etc. These may include presentations to the international, national and state conferences; and/or
  • Made a significant contribution to the activities of the Postgraduate Medical Council or equivalent; and/or
  • Demonstrated of improving opportunities for education and training in rural health; and/or
  • Any other information considered relevant.

The 2020 CPMEC Australia & New Zealand Junior Doctor of the Year Award will be presented to Dr Femy Koratty from Northern Territory at the ANZPME Forum in 2021.


The jurisdiction winners for 2020 were: 

New Zealand:  Dr Sunil Penumarthy

New South Wales:   Dr Beryl Lin

Victoria:   Dr Katie Blunt

South Australia:   Dr Andre Tran

Western Australia:   Dr Anita Smith

Queensland:   Dr Andrew Morton and Dr Vu Nguyen

Australian Capital Territory:  Dr Anna Tungusova


Past Winners:

2019: Dr Sanjay Joseph (NT)

2018: Dr Jasmin Korbl (WA)

2017: Dr Samantha Iannella (SA)

2016: Dr Gajen Perry (SA)

2015: Dr Cameron Spenceley (NT)

2014:  Dr Katherine Curtis (QLD)

2013:   Dr Nicholas Webb (NSW)

2012:   Dr Amanda Poprzeczny (SA)

2011:   Dr Ross Roberts-Thompson (SA)

2010:   Dr William Liley (QLD)

2009:   Dr Caroline Rhodes (WA)

2008:   Dr Stephanie Arnold (NSW)