Lions Club of Kogarah Healing Narrative Award


Invitations are now open for contributions to the Annual Healing Narrative Award, sponsored by the Lions Club of Kogarah. The award ($1,000) is made annually to current part-time or full-time health professionals (doctors, nurses and allied professionals) within the New South Wales health system, and their relevant community services.  This is the 10th year that the award has been made.

Award applications will close on Sunday the 1st of September 2019; essays will be assessed by a panel of clinicians nominated by the Whole Person Care Group as well as an academic in the field of English Literature.

The objective of the award is to honour the stories of sick persons, and the way in which clinical staff can use themselves as therapeutic instruments, not only in providing clinical care, but in “caring” for the whole person.  Many of the most moving stories in the past have described how “ordinary” encounters between clinical staff and patients have turned into “extraordinary” and memorable experiences of transformative learning.

Essays should be unpublished and no more than 2,500 words and should include a significant amount of personal reflection on the events of the story, the person being discussed, and the author’s own feelings about the effects of their encounter with the person.  The essays must be fully de-identified as the intention, in the future, is to ask authors of winning essays for permission to have their essays published.

As a condition of entry, the winner will be expected to have his/her essay read aloud at an appropriate November meeting of the Lions Club of Kogarah in 2019.

Name:            The Lions Club of Kogarah Healing Narrative Award

Amount:         $1,000.00 annually.

Eligibility:       The award is open to all health professionals employed in the healthcare system within New South Wales.

Task:               to write a reflective essay about a patient (or patients) which highlights the therapeutic benefit of presence, and listening to a patient’s story or narrative.

Format:           an essay of no more than 2,500 words.

Date:               the essay is to be submitted by Sunday the 1st of September 2019.

Assessment: Essays will be assessed by a panel of clinicians and non-clinicians, chaired by Dr. Frank Brennan.

Presentation:            The successful applicant will be announced at the St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium (Thursday 17th of October 2019). In addition the winning essay will be read aloud by the author at the Lions Club Dinner Meeting (Tuesday 26th of November 2019) together with the presentation of the Award.

Further Details: To submit an essay, or for further information, please email Dr Frank Brennan ( who will de-identify the essayist prior to sending the essays for consideration.  Authors must fully de-identify any location and patient identity and characteristics.


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