President's Prize

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Competition details

Do you dream of being a doctor in an Aboriginal Medical Service in rural Australia? Perhaps you've always seen yourself flying out to emergencies as part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service? Or maybe you see your future in a beachside community, helping the 'locals'?

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is giving you the chance to live your dream through the prestigious annual President's Prize.

The Prize:

The President's Prize is a one to two-week placement with a doctor, practice or health service in a rural or remote community of Australia. The College organises the accommodation, travel, expenses and some incidentals, up to the total value of $2500.

The placement will occur at a time that is convenient for the winner and the selected location, but must be taken within 12 months of the prize being awarded, or it is forfeited.

How to enter:

The competition is open to medical students (Australian residents) currently studying medicine in Australia.

To enter and be in the draw to win the $2,500 placement prize, you have to create a short video (up to 60 seconds) using your smartphone or camera saying where in rural or remote Australia you would like to be placed for a placement, and why.

You must use the phrase 'rural medicine' twice and 'Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine' at least once.

Make it as funny or serious as you like - express yourself through a poem, a rap or even interpretive dance - just ensure you include the above.

To submit your application, upload it to YouTube and label it with your name and #PresPrize16, and send a link through to

Your submitted video will be reviewed by College staff, prior to being accepted into the competition.


Entries will be judged by representatives from the College, with the President making the final decision. The decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. All entrants will grant the College a royalty free licence to publish the video (in whole or in part) for promotional, instructional or educational purposes.

The top entries will be shown at the RMA2016 conference gala dinner, and then the winner will be announced. You do not have to be present at the conference to win the prize.

Entries close 11.59pm (EST) 12 October 2016.

Competition rules

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I truly had such an incredible experience...I feel very privileged to be given such an opportunity.

– President’s Prize 2013 winner Laura Sharley
  1. Entry to competition is free.
  2. Entry submissions start on 1 September 2016 and close on 12 October 2016 at 11.59pm.
  3. By entering the competition the entrant certifies that:
    • they have signed consent forms form all people visually identifiable in your video
    • they have obtained all the appropriate permissions and clearances for all music and images that appear in the video. All music and images must be original, permitted or copyright free, and
    • all other footage is the entrant’s original work.
  4. All entries must be a maximum duration of 60 seconds, uploaded to YouTube and tagged with #PresPrize16. The link can be sent by email to
  5. All entrants must ensure that there are no corporate names or logos used in the video, this includes anyone wearing and/or displaying corporate names or logos. Entrants are advised to remove or obscure labels/brand names from any commercial products used in their videos.
  6. The judges' decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  7. Prizes are not negotiable and non-transferable.
  8. The entrant indemnifies the competition organisers from any loss, injury or damage that may occur in the production or publication of their video.
  9. By entering the competition the entrant agrees to abide by these terms and conditions.
  10. The entrant retains copyright over their work, but by entering a video in this competition, the entrant grants permission to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to reproduce the video on any ACRRM controlled websites for mash-up, instructional purposes or as examples of exemplary medical education.
  11. The promoter for this competition is ACRRM - ABN 12 078 081 848.

View some previous winning entries here to get some inspiration.