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Professor Doug Sellman and co-authors recipients of Award

Professor Doug Sellman and co-authors recipients of the 2018 New Zealand Medical Association’s Robinson Award

The New Zealand Medical Association’s 2018 Richard Robinson Award goes to Professor Doug Sellman and co-authors Ria Schroder, Daryle Deering, Jane Elmslie, James Foulds and Chris Frampton.

The Robinson Award is given for excellence in medical writing and a clinically relevant manuscript. It is given at the discretion of the New Zealand Medical Journal’s Editor in Chief Professor Frank Frizelle and brings with it $2,000 of sponsorship.

The medical research manuscript Psychosocial enhancement of the Green Prescription for obesity recovery: a randomised controlled trial was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal in February 2017 and illustrates medical research at its best.

Professor Frizelle said: “This manuscript makes sense of one of the global issues affecting health today and I am thrilled to present this award to Doug and his team for their stellar work in highlighting this issue and in a way that everyone can understand.”

“I’m delighted, and honestly my team and I are overwhelmed to receive this award,” said Professor Sellman. “It recognises that obesity is a fundamental challenge for health care systems today and it is critical that we assist the thousands of people already suffering from obesity and prevention in primary care. I am so very grateful to Frank and the NZMA for making this Award possible.”

“Receiving this award means we have additional funding that goes to Kia Ākina a charitable trust that supports and encourages people to overcome obesity and live a better quality of life.”

NZMA thanks MAS for sponsoring this award that highlights New Zealand’s leading-edge medical research.

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