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Jeannie Ferris Award - 2017

The Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award was established by Cancer Australia in 2013, to recognise outstanding contribution to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers.

Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award 2017: Call for nominations, selection criteria, and lodging a nomination

Call for nominations

Cancer Australia is calling for nominations for the 2017 Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award.

In 2017, a Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award will be given to a member of the community and to a health professional or researcher, to recognise their outstanding contribution to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers.

The Award is open to:

1. Members of the community: those with personal experience of gynaecological cancer, as a woman with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer; a community or family member; or carers who have been directly involved in the support and care of a woman with gynaecological cancer; and

2. Health professionals or researchers: working in the area of gynaecological cancers.

Two Awards will be given – one in the Members of the community category and one in the Health professionals or researchers category. Each Awardee will receive a commemorative token.

This Award is named in honour of the late Jeannie Ferris, former Senator for South Australia, who was passionately committed to raising awareness about gynaecological cancer in Australia. Senator Ferris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 2005 and passed away in April 2007.

Selection Criteria

Nominations may be made by any individual. Each nomination should address the selection criteria in the relevant category below. Self-nominations are permitted but must be accompanied by references from two independent referees.

CATEGORY 1: Members of the community: those with personal experience of gynaecological cancer, as a woman with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer; a community or family member; or carers who have been directly involved in the support and care of a woman with gynaecological cancer.

Each nomination should include: 

  • a short biography of the nominee – of no more than one page (NB: must be Australian resident);
  • an outline of the nominee’s experience of gynaecological cancer;
  • an outline of the exceptional contribution made by the nominee in gynaecological cancer, such as improving the situation for those living with or affected by gynaecological cancer, or strengthening support networks, and how this work has included community involvement (i.e. work outside a paid role);
  • details of relevant committee membership, previous awards or recognition; and
  • letters of reference from two referees outside the nominee’s immediate family.


CATEGORY 2: Health professionals or researchers: working in the area of gynaecological cancer.

Each nomination should include:

  • a short biography of the nominee – of no more than one page (NB: must be Australian resident);
  • an outline of the nominee’s exceptional work in the area of gynaecological cancers, including personal, academic and professional achievements;
  • examples of how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to their field to support better outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers (in addition to a paid role);
  • details of relevant committee membership, previous awards or recognition; and
  • letters of reference from two individuals outside the nominee’s immediate family.

Important note: As a condition of nomination, each nominee MUST give permission for the biographical details provided in his/her nomination to be used by Cancer Australia in any promotional material, should they be selected as an Awardee. A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed to assist nominations. We recommend that you refer to this before submitting a nomination.

Lodging a nomination

Nominations are to be sent to Cancer Australia:

By email (Word document attachment) to: felicity.hughes@canceraustralia.gov.au

OR

By post addressed to:

Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award
Cancer Australia
Locked Bag 3
STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012

Nominations will be received by 5.00 p.m.(AEDT) on Friday 31 March 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee which will provide a recommendation to the CEO and Cancer Australia Advisory Council.

The Awards will be announced in June 2017. Information about the successful Award recipients will be posted on the Cancer Australia website in June 2017.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be nominated for the Award? 
The Award has two categories: 

1.    Members of the community: those with personal experience of gynaecological cancer, as a woman with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer; a community or family member; or carers who have been directly involved in the support and care of a woman with gynaecological cancer; and
2.    Health professionals or researchers: working in the area of gynaecological cancers.

Can I nominate myself?
Yes.  Self-nominations are permitted but must be accompanied by references from two independent referees.  The referees must not be family members. 

How many Awards are given?
Two awards will be offered – one in the ‘Members of the community’ category and one in the ‘Health Professionals or Researchers’ category.  

If someone was nominated for the first Award in 2013 or subsequent Awards in 2014, 2015 or 2016, can they be nominated again? 
Yes.  Cancer Australia welcomes re-nomination of those who were unsuccessful in previous years.  Awardees from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 are not eligible for nomination. 

I wish to nominate someone who has passed away.  Is that possible?
Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.  However, should a nominee pass away after their nomination has been submitted, they can be the recipient of the Award posthumously. 

Can the nominee live outside Australia? 
The nominee must be an Australian citizen.  A nomination of someone who contributes to improving outcomes for women with gynaecological cancers in Australia would be favourably viewed by the Selection Committee.  It is anticipated that the nominee will not live and work solely outside Australia. 

What should be included in the biography?
It is designed to give the Selection Committee a snapshot or highlights of the nominee’s experience, activities or career.  If the nominee has published articles or material that you wish to bring to the attention of the Committee, an abridged list of key publications is preferred.  The biography should not exceed one A4 page.

Does the nominee need to approve the biography provided?
It is a condition of nomination that each nominee MUST give permission for the biographical details provided to be used by Cancer Australia in any promotional material, should they be selected as an Awardee.  A note to this effect must accompany all nominations.  

The suggested wording is:
This biography has been approved by the nominee and permission is given for the biographical details provided to be used by Cancer Australia in any promotional material about the Jeannie Ferris Cancer Australia Recognition Award. 

Can someone be nominated more than once?
Yes.  One nominee may be nominated by more than one person; however each nomination must be supported by separate, independent references.

How is the Award determined? 
Nominations will be reviewed by a Selection Committee, which will provide a recommendation to the CEO and Cancer Australia Advisory Council.  Members of the Selection Committee are not eligible to be nominated for the Award and must decline if approached to do so.  

How will the Award be announced?  
The successful nominees in each category will be contacted by phone.  Cancer Australia will liaise with the Awardees about the publication of their names and biographical details, on the website and through media, as appropriate.  The Awards will be presented in person.  The details of the date and location of the presentation will be discussed with Awardees.