The Dr Aiden Meade Annual Award

The Dr Aiden Meade Annual Award is a new annual award, which is aimed at raising awareness of the Practitioner Health Matters Programme (PHMP). The PHMP provides a specialised, confidential service to doctors, dentists and pharmacists. This Programme acknowledges that practitioners can often find it difficult to access appropriate medical help, particularly if they are experiencing issues with mental health or substance use.
The award is named in honour of Dr Aiden Meade, who was one of the founding members of a previous scheme of support, the Sick Doctor Trust, which he chaired for many years.

Eligibility: The award is open to all registered members of the dental, pharmacy or medical professions, and to all full-time students of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, in the Republic of Ireland.

Format: Submissions must be in any of the following formats:

  • traditional essay, delivered in a reflective or narrative style;
  • scientific format, which may be a literature review or an audit; and,
  • a piece of non-sponsored original research.

The subject matter of the submission must relate to the topic of practitioner health and well-being, must have a minimum of 1,000 words but should not exceed 2,000 words, and must be in PDF format. Submissions may be made to: confidential@practitionerhealth.ie, or posted to Practitioner Health Matters, 41 Main St, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Please mark the envelope ‘AM Award’.

Judging: Adjudication will be by an independent panel made up of representatives from the three professions in conjunction with representatives of the Board of Trustees of the PHMP. Marks will be awarded for overall presentation, structure, strength of argument, completeness of supporting literature, conclusions, and relevance to the topic of practitioner health and well-being. The decision of the adjudicating panel will be final.

Award: In the case of an undergraduate winner, a cash prize of €400 will be awarded. In the case of a postgraduate winner, a commemorative medal will be awarded.

The winning submission may be published in any of the journals of the relevant representative and professional bodies, and may also be published on the PHMP website. The PHMP will be permitted to refer to and quote from the work in any of its publications, publicity or presentations. The winning author must be prepared to present at the launch of the PHMP Annual Report if requested. Closing date for submissions: September 30, 2021.