RSNSW Awards Committee


The purpose of the Awards Committee is to lead the Society’s Awards Program on behalf of the Council. The Awards Program is designed to recognise excellence and outstanding achievements by one or more individuals, as appropriate through its Medals, Prizes, Scholarships, and other Awards.

Detailed information about the Committee’s Terms of Reference is accessible from the preceding link.

Committee Composition

The composition of the Awards Committee in 2023–2024 is listed in the table below.

Chair Professor Merlin Crossley FRSN
Secretary Emeritus Professor Annabelle Duncan PSM FRSN FTSE
Members Professor Lisa Adkins FRSN
Professor Philip Gale FRSN
Professor Paul Griffiths FRSN FAHA 
Professor Si Ming Man FRSN
Distinguished Professor Belinda Medlyn FRSN
Mr Zile Yu MRSN

Professor Gordon Parker“Burnout — the hottest issue”

Professor Gordon Parker AO
Scientia Professor of Psychiatry
UNSW (Sydney)

Date: Thursday, 20 May, 6.30pm AEST
Venue: RSL Mittagong (face-to-face)
All are welcome. 

Summary:If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned and completely exhausted, you may be on the road to burnout. In this lecture, Professor Gordon Parker will discuss what you can do to regain your balance and feel hopeful and positive once again.

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.

Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical and resentful. Listen to this lecture by psychiatrist Professor Gordon Parker to hear all about the history of burnout, its key symptoms, who gets it, its causes and prevalence, what happens in the brain and most importantly…how to correct it.

Professor Gordon Parker AO is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, UNSW, was Founder of the Black Dog Institute and its initial Executive Director, Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW, and Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital. His positions with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists include being Editor of its Journal. Positions with legal organisations include the NSW Guardianship Board and the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal. In 2004 he received a Citation Laureate as the Australian Scientist most highly cited in ‘Psychiatry/Psychology’. In 2018 he received the prestigious James Cook Medal from the Royal Society of New South Wales, and was recipient of the 2020Australian Mental Health Prize. His research has focussed on the mood disorders. He has published 23 books and over 1,000 scientific reports. His first of fiction was published in 1966 and his latest novel (“In Two Minds”) in 2017. In the 60’s, he wrote for The Mavis Bramston Show and OZ Magazine, was an ABC Science broadcaster, a book reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian, and in 2004 had a play (“Personality Games”) produced by La Mama in Melbourne. His autobiography “A Piece of My Mind: A Psychiatrist on the Couch” was published in 2012. His co-authored book on Burnout will be published on 1 July 2021.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

In line with the Society's values and principles the Council, in January 2020, adopted its initial Diversity and Inclusion Policy. This policy is considered by Council annually, and  has been updated most recently in January 2021, with progress being reported to both Council and the membership.


The Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW, the Society) is an inclusive learned institution that encompasses a diverse group of people who individually and collectively are dedicated to ideas that matter. It draws together people whose knowledge and experience span a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and disciplines, creates a focus for sharing and applying expertise, and delivers an independent and authoritative voice.

The Society values liberal democracy, respects religious, political, and cultural freedoms, and promotes non-discriminatory, evidence-based discourse and the free exchange of ideas. The Society recognises that it will be a more effective public intellectual voice by comprehensively embracing diversity and inclusion in all of its activities.

The Society’s Council is responsible for leading diversity and inclusion policies and actions in the Society. In doing so, it:

  • ensures that its internal governance and committee structures reflect the diversity and inclusive practices that it seeks to promote;
  • recognises its significant role in increasing opportunities for women as they pursue careers in their chosen fields;
  • embraces individual differences and contributions to our collective success and social engagement;
  • develops, monitors, and reports on performance indicators relating to diversity and inclusion.

Current Policy

The current Diversity and Inclusion Policy (January 2021), approved by Council on 17 March 2021 is accessible online.

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RSNSW Meeting Calendar


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