Dr Ray Hader Award for Pastoral Care

Named after Dr Ray Hader, this award promotes compassion and a focus on the welfare of anaesthetists, other colleagues, patients and the community.

Dr Ray Hader was a Victorian ANZCA trainee who died of an accidental drug overdose in 1998 after a long struggle with addiction. This award was established in his memory by his friend Dr Brandon Carp. In 2012, the criteria of the award was expanded to recognise the pastoral care element of trainee supervision.

The award is open to all ANZCA trainees and fellows residing in an ANZCA training region and takes the form of a certificate and grant of $A2000 for training or educational purposes.

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Nomination process

Candidates must be nominated and seconded by accredited trainees or ANZCA fellows and supply the details of two additional referees (other than the nominator and seconder). They must reside in an ANZCA training region.

The nomination must include a cover letter written by one or both of the nominators explaining the rationale and justification for the nomination and be accompanied by the nominees’s CV. The cover letter and CV should provide the details on the candidate’s significant contribution to the pastoral care of trainees in the following categories:

Mentoring and influence: Extraordinary educational influence on trainees, fellows, or educational organisations.

Supporting and encouraging: This may have been directly or indirectly via educational or other strategies.

Welfare approach: This may be for trainees, colleagues, patients and the community.

Leadership: This may be in the form of promotions of welfare activity for trainees and or community.

Past recipients





Dr Christopher Sparks



Dr Susan Nicoll



Dr Joanna Sinclair



Dr Antoinette Brennan



Dr Ian Balson



Dr Louise Ellard



Dr Anna Hallett



Dr Catherine Purdy



Not awarded


Dr Katherine Jeffrey



Dr Kathryn Hagen



Not awarded


Dr Amanda Young



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