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Prizes

Paper or poster submissions are invited from all delegates attending the meeting. There are three prestigious New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists prizes offered, please review the prize criteria and ensure you indicate on the online form during the abstract submission process whether you wish your paper to be considered for these prizes.

Read the following information carefully, before proceeding to the online submission pages.

The John Ritchie Prize

The John Ritchie Prize was established in 1983 by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) and is open to NZSA members only.

The Ritchie Prize is sponsored by the NZSA and is awarded for the best presentation in the Ritchie Prize Session at the ASM that meets the required standard.

Selection of Papers: Selection for the session is made by the Scientific Convenor of the ASM in consultation with the NZSA Education Officer. To be accepted for the session the abstract and the work described in it must be of a suitably high standard. Papers should not be accepted simply to fill spaces in the Ritchie Prize Session. Any questions regarding eligibility shall be referred to the NZSA Education Officer.

Declaration: Entrants must declare compliance with the following conditions:

  • Work presented in this session must have been carried out predominantly in New Zealand.
  • The presenter should be the lead researcher and must have played the major role in the conduct of the study and preparation of the presentation.
  • The presenter must be a member of NZSA.
  • The work must not have been presented previously at a major Australasian or International Meeting. (Note that presentation at a NZ meeting would not normally preclude later presentation elsewhere).
  • Receipt of appropriate Ethics Committee approval.

The Ritchie Prize Session: This is a named plenary session at the ASM. If there are insufficient entrants the balance of the session should be made up with other submitted free papers. The format of presentations is a 10 minute oral presentation with 5 minutes for questions, and will include candidates for both the Ritchie and NZSA Trainee Prize. The winner of the John Ritchie Prize will be invited to apply for the NZSA Ritchie Prize Research Grant. Receipt of the Research Grant is not automatic.

Guidelines for the John Ritchie Prize:

  1. The Prize shall be awarded to the presenter judged to have the best paper at the Ritchie Prize Session which is held at the Annual Scientific meeting organised in whole or in part by the NZSA and at which the Society’s Annual General Meeting is held. In the year an ASM is not held, the Ritchie Prize shall not be awarded.
  2. Any questions relating to eligibility for the Prize shall be referred to the President of NZSA for discussion by the NZSA Executive Committee. The NZSA Executive Committee’s decision will be final.
  3. Three adjudicators for the Prize will be appointed annually by the NZSA Executive Committee. The judges will not themselves be eligible for the prize while acting in that capacity.
  4. An award will only be made if, in the opinion of the judges, there is a paper of sufficient merit.
  5. Selection of papers: Selection for the session is made by the Scientific Convenor of the ASM in consultation with the NZSA Education Officer. To be accepted for the session the abstract and the work described in it must be of a suitably high standard.

Judging: The judging panel of three is selected and led by the NZSA Education Officer.

  • Judges are ineligible to enter.
  • Judges must be given a copy of these guidelines.
  • The approved marking schedule is to be used.
  • To be eligible for the Prize a presentation shall score well in every section.
  • If there is no presentation of a suitable standard the judges shall make no award.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

The Prize: The current value of the John Ritchie Prize is $2500. The winner will also receive a suitable certificate. The work of the winner may also be submitted to the AIC Journal (Anaesthesia and Intensive Care) for publication. The winner of the Ritchie Prize winner will be invited to apply for the NZSA Ritchie Prize Research Grant. Receipt of the Research Grant is not automatic. The John Ritchie Prize Research Award Value $5000. 

This will be offered to the winner of the Ritchie Prize who will be asked to submit a proposal to the NZSA Executive (no more than one A4 sheet) within three months of receiving the award. 

The award is to be for a specific project or part of a project and supported by a budget. 

The proposal will be considered by a subcommittee convened by the NZSA Education Officer who will make a recommendation to the NZSA Executive Committee. A condition of the award is that a report on the project be submitted within 12 months of receiving the award and that work arising from the award should be presented at a meeting in New Zealand. 

NZSA Trainee Prize

The NZSA Trainee Prize of $1000 will be awarded to the Trainee judged to have presented the best paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting at which the Society’s AGM is held. The applicant should have made the dominant contribution to the work for the prize and be an NZSA member.

  • Three adjudicators for the prize will be appointed annually by the NZSA Executive Committee. The judges will not themselves be eligible for the prize while acting in that capacity.
  • An award will only be made if, in the opinion of the judges, there is a paper of sufficient merit.
  • Eligibility is limited to trainees who, at the time their abstract is submitted, are in a recognised vocational training program in New Zealand and who is a member of the Society.
  • The judges decision is final.
NZSA Poster Prize

The NZSA Poster Prize of $500 will be awarded to the person judged to have produced the best poster at the Annual Scientific Meeting at which the Society’s AGM is held, and who was not selected to present at the Ritchie Prize Session. The applicant should have made the dominant contribution to the work for the prize and be an NZSA member.

Posters will be presented at a separate session during the ASM. The format of presentations is a 5min presentation with 2min for questions.

  • The judging panel of two will be selected and led by the NZSA Education Officer.   The judges will not themselves be eligible for the prize while acting in that capacity.
  • An award will only be made if, in the opinion of the judges, there is a paper of sufficient merit.
  • Eligibility is limited to members of the Society.
  • The judges decision is final.