John Gilroy Potts Award

Applications open 23 June

Policy AP366
Honour Roll
The John Gilroy Potts Award is an award made to the author of an article published in a refereed journal, the content of which made a significant contribution to emergency medicine. It is an award made in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and wisdom by physicians in emergency medicine. The award will be made annually to an ACEM Fellow or trainee for a published paper relating to emergency medicine and presented at the ACEM College Ceremony. A prize equivalent to a full registration fee at that year’s ASM is given.
This policy governs the awarding of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) John Gilroy Award, which is made in respect of a published research paper judged to be most significant in the field of emergency medicine research.

Dr John Gilroy Potts was a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) who, following an early career in general practice and with the Department of Health and Immigration in overseas postings, spent many of his professional years developing and enhancing the practice of emergency medicine in the Australian Capital Territory and contributing to the development of emergency medicine as a specialty.  

The John Gilroy Potts Award is made in the pursuit of truth, knowledge and wisdom by physicians in emergency medicine, virtues embodied by John Potts in his approach to patients and their care. 

‘Published’ means publication in an online or printed refereed journal.  It does not include articles which are not yet published but have been made available via early online access prior to publication. 


4.1 Nature of Award
The award consists of a monetary prize (the amount of which shall be equal to one full registration for the ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting) and a certificate attesting to the award.

Where the paper has the involvement of more than one Fellow or trainee:

• the monetary prize shall be divided between those authors
• each author shall receive a certificate, which includes the name of the lead and other eligible authors.

4.2 Eligibility Criteria
The award may be made to the author of an article which, in the opinion of the ACEM Foundation, makes a significant contribution to emergency medicine.

An article which is within its first year of publication is eligible for consideration for this award if:

(a) its lead author is a ACEM Fellow or trainee of good standing 

(b) it is most significant in the field of emergency medicine research

(c) it has been published in a refereed journal 

(d) it has not previously been adjudicated for the award.

The award is made annually, where this is appropriate.  If no applicant meets the criteria in a particular year, then the award will not be made.

4.3 Applications
Fellows or trainees who have authored an eligible article published during the immediately preceding financial year (1 July to 30 June) may submit that paper for the award when invitations to do so are issued by the College.

Each application must be accompanied by a copy of the article and by the relevant application form signed by all author Fellows and/or trainees.  Where there is more than one author, the application must cite the lead author.

4.4 Selection Process
A panel of three (3) or more assessors convened from the Scientific Committee shall adjudicate the applications and recommend to the ACEM Foundation a recipient for the award, based on the following criteria:

• Authorship (10)
• Contribution to emergency medicine (10)
• Presentation/content/ clarity (10)
• Contribution to science (10)
• Quality of methodology (10)
• Originality (10)
Maximum Total Score (60)

(a) The ACEM Foundation shall determine the recipient of the award. The decision of the Foundation will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

(b) The award should be finalised no later than 30 days prior to the next Annual Scientific Meeting.

(c) All parts of the selection process must be conducted in accordance with the College Conflict of Interest Policy.  

4.5 Presentation of Award
The award certificate will be presented to the lead author by the College President during the Annual College Ceremony.

​• AP366 John Gilroy Potts Award Policy
• AP400 John Gilroy Potts Award scoresheet
• AP401 John Gilroy Potts Award application form
COR139 Conflict of Interest Policy

Timeframe for review: every two (2) years, or earlier if required. 

6.1 Responsibilities
Document authorisation: ACEM Foundation
Document implementation: Scientific Committee 
Document maintenance: ACEM Foundation & Faculties Coordinator
Applications open June 2017
John Gilroy Potts Award
Year Awarded to Title of Paper
2016 Geoff Isbister (lead author),
Colin Page, Michael Downes, Betty Chan, Francis Kinnear, Luke Wheatley,
David Spain
The Safety and Effectiveness of Droperidol for Sedation of Acute Behavioural Disturbance in the Emergency Department
2015 Geoff Isbister (lead author), Simon Brown, Daniel Fatovich, Stephen Macdonald, Colin Page,
Ovidiu Pascu
Randomised controlled trial of intravenous antivenom versus placebo for latrodectism: the second redback antivenom evaluation (RAVE-II) study trial
2014 Simon Brown (lead author), Geoffrey Isbister, Daniel Fatovich, Anna Holdgate, Tony Celenza, Adam Coulson, Leanne Hartnett, and Yusuf Nagree Anaphylaxis: Clinical patterns, mediator release, and severity
2013 Ed Oakley (lead author) and Meredith Borland Nasogastric hydration versus intravenous hydration for infants with bronchiolitis: a randomised trial
2012 Geoffrey Isbister A randomised controlled trial of two infusion rates to decrease reactions to antivenom     
2011 Martin Than (lead author), Louise Cullen and Michael Ardagh A 2-hr diagnostic protocol to assess patients with chest pain symptoms in the Asia-Pacific region (ASPECT): a prospective observational validation study
2010 Geoffrey Isbister (lead author) and Simon Brown Failure of antivenom to improve recovery
in Australian snakebite coagulopathy
2009 David Taylor (lead author) and Joanna Richardson Effect of topical alkane vapocoolant spray
on pain with intravenous cannulation in patients in emergency departments: randomised double blind placebo control trial
2008 Andis Graudins Treatment of experimental verapamil poisoning with levosimendan utilising a rodent model of drug toxicity
2007 Meredith Borland A randomized controlled trial comparing intranasal fentanyl to intravenous morphine for managing acute pain in children in the emergency department
2006 Peter Sprivulis (Lead Author) and George Jelinek The association between hospital overcrowding and mortality among patients admitted via Western Australian emergency departments
2005 Michael Davey (Lead Author)
and David Teubner
A randomized controlled trial of magnesium sulfate, in addition to usual care, for rate control in atrial fibrillation
2004 Stephen Priestley Application of topical local anaesthetic at triage reduces treatment time for children with lacerations: a randomized controlled trial
2003 Simon Brown Anti venom immunotherapy: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial
2002 Stephen Bernard Treatment of Comatose Survivors
of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest with
Induced Hypothermia
2001 Anthony Joseph A prospective, randomised controlled trial comparing the efficacy and safety of sotalol, amiodarone, and digoxin for the reversion of new-onset atrial fibrillation
2000 Jeff Wassertheil Cardiac arrest outcomes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shrine of Remembrance using a tiered response strategy – a forerunner to public access defibrillation
1999 David Smart Mental health triage in emergency medicine
1998 Stephen Bernard Clinical trial of induced hypothermia in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
1997 Gary Browne Randomised trial of intravenous salbutamol in early management of acute severe asthma in children
1996 David Lewis-Driver Gastric emptying in acute overdose: a prospective randomised controlled trial
1995 Daniel Fatovich A Randomised, Controlled Trial of Oral Midaxolam and Buffered Lidocaine for Suturing Lacerations in Children (the SLIC Trial)
1994 Richard Brennan 4-methylpyrazole blocks acetaminophen hepatotoxicity in the rat
1993 Christopher Baggoley Treatment of Severe Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Delivered by Face Mask