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Australian Medical Association award

Dr Juanita Breen and co-authors including Kathrine Franks, Donnamay Brown and Aidan Bindoff have been awarded the 2018-19 Stawell Prize for their article RedUSe: reducing antipsychotic and benzodiazepine prescribing in residential aged care facilities which was published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) in May 2018.

The original Stawell Bequest was made in 1933 by Sir A E Rowden White to commemorate the work of Sir Richard Stawell, predominantly in clinical teaching. Stawell was a consulting physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and chairman of the house committee for many years. His work is said to have significantly improved the delivery and reputation of clinical teaching at the Hospital. The first Stawell Oration was delivered in 1934 entitled “The Teaching of Clinical Medicine”

Stawell was honorary co-editor of the Australian Medical Journal from 1894 to 1900.

The Prize is awarded to the author(s) of a research essay published in the Research Sections of MJA which:

  • reports research on a medical subject of clinical significance;
  • is original and evidence-based; and
  • is likely to advance knowledge, influence clinical practice and improve the health of Australians.

The full article can be read here.