Edition 125 - Friday 14th February 2020


Each year RANZCOG (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) invites senior secondary students resident in Australia or New Zealand to apply for the Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health.

This $1000 award provides an exciting opportunity for students, whether they are interested in medicine, science, health, sociology, politics or law. Launched in 2014, the award was renamed in 2015 in honour of RANZCOG staff member and award-winning author, Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, a secondary school teacher, in recognition of their shared passion for nurturing and encouraging young writers.

Entrants can write about any issue in women’s health that interests them. Previous submissions have included fictional and non-fictional pieces addressing a broad range of issues including anorexia, child marriage, pregnancy in third world countries, assisted reproductive technology and violence against women.

This year, Bessie Yuan in Year 11 has been selected as the Winner of the 2019 Liam and Frankie Davison Award, for her submission ‘Chasing Sunset’, which was focused on the issue of breast cancer. It is an incredible achievement and we are very proud of Bessie’s initiative and passion for addressing women’s issues.

We encourage all our students to consider participating in the next year’s Liam and Frankie Davison Award. It is anticipated that the 2020 LFD Award will be advertised on the RANZCOG website later this year, with the closing date for applications being 30 April 2020. Please see the website below for more details:


Ms S Young