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2019 Communication Prize – Winners are Grinners!


Pictured (L-R) Annis, Emma & Michael

Thursday, 26 September saw our top three final year Sydney Medical School student finalists compete in a live event to determine their place in the 2019 Sulway Harris Prize for Excellence in Clinical Communication.

Finalists participated in response, empathy and role play activities scored by a panel of seven esteemed judges representing the academic, clinical, patient and medico-legal aspects of the medical world.

The final outcome is below, with prize money allocated to first, second and third place winners:

  • 1st Prize of $1,500: Emma Hardwick
  • 2nd Prize of $1,000: Michael Wu
  • 3rd Prize of $500: Annis McTigue

Between activities, audience members participated in mini responses and debates with each earning a gift card for their contribution. After the formalities we enjoyed a well catered cocktail party with thanks to sponsor Avant Mutual.


Pictured (L-R) Professional Actor, Matt Charleston, with Annis McTigue

The Pam McLean Centre administered the prize application & assessment process and hosted the live event on behalf of Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. The prize was established by Dr Martyn Sulway and Sydney Medical School in 2016 to promote and encourage the development of professional communication skills.

Thank you to everyone who applied, took part, attended on the day and supported the event. We look forward to doing it all again in 2020.

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