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Jan Rice Volunteer Service Award

2015 Inaugural Jan Rice Volunteer Award Winner: Suzan Barker

AWMA (Vic) aims to support its members in extending their wound care experience by participating in meaningful community service or work placement in remote or disadvantaged areas of Australia or internationally. The award is named after Ms Jan Rice in recognition of her outstanding contribution to volunteering and supporting those in developing countries and disaster areas in the field of wound management.

AWMA (Vic) is pleased to offer the Jan Rice Volunteer Service Award for AWMA (Vic) members undertaking a project that involves a volunteering activity or work placement related to wound management care or education. It provides a valuable opportunity to gain a different perspective, make a contribution and challenge oneself both personally and professionally.

The award is allocated at the discretion of the AWMA (Vic) committee for a voluntary activity or working placement that enhances the wound management knowledge and/or skills of an AWMA (Vic) member or provides wound management or skill development to those in remote or disadvantaged areas in Australia or internationally that can be shared with fellow AWMA (Vic) members.

The award is A$3000 for an AWMA (Vic) member to be spent within 12 months of receiving the award.

Applications will be reviewed by the AWMA (Vic) Committee against the following criteria:

  1. An individual has been a member of AWMA (Vic) for a minimum of 4 years.
  2. An individual can receive only one Jan Rice Volunteer Award to ensure equal opportunity and access for all AWMA (Vic) members. As such to be eligible, the applicant must have not received the award in the past.  
  3. The proposed project involves either a voluntary activity or a work placement that must be related to wound management.
  4. The proposed project will be undertaken in a remote and disadvantaged area of Australia or an overseas location.
  5. The project must be an activity to be undertaken in association with an established charitable, educational, governmental or other non-profitable organisation. Proof of the engaged organisation must be provided with submission. The purpose of going with an established aid agency is that safety issues are managed or considered.
  6. Clarity of project aim, the people to be benefited by the project, expected outcomes, plans and the relevance of the project to wound management.
  7. Activities may include but are not limited to project costs, travel costs and/or accommodation expenses associated with activity or placement etc.
  8. Availability of a budget that lists costs associated with this project that specified:
    • Expected total costs
    • Funding being sought
    • What the AWMA (Vic) funding will be used for
    • If any other funding has been sought or obtained from other sources
  9. Demonstrated capacity of the organising individual to fulfil the requirements of the project plan and award requirements

Submission date is Close of Business (EST) 1st February 2015.

Submission includes the completion of the Jan Rice Volunteer Service Award Application Form, by completing the Online Form and submitting Online, or downloading and completing the PDF form and emailing to [email protected]. Supplementary documentation will be considered that supports the application.


  • The successful applicant will be announced at the AWMA (Vic) State Conference on 6 March 2020.
  • Non-successful applicants will be advised in writing immediately prior to the AWMA (Vic) State Conference.
  • The successful applicant will receive a cheque made out to the individual specified in the application and sent to the address specified.

All individuals or groups will be required to:

  • Present at the next biennial AWMA (Vic) State Conference about their experiences and what has been gained or achieved with respect to wound management knowledge and insights.
  • Provide a report (approx 500 words) of the activity for the AWMA (VIC) Connective Issues within 6 months of the project being completed.
  • Provide receipts within 30 days of completing the project to demonstrate funds have been used as specified.
  • Return any unused monies to AWMA (VIC) within 30 days of completing the project.
  • Advise AWMA (Vic) of any changes to the project as specified in the original application.

AWMA (Vic):

  • Retains the right to publish award recipients on its website, newsletters, and in other forums.
  • Retains the right to withdraw its funding should it be identified that the project as specified in the application has deviated from the original plan without approval from AWMA (Vic) or the project has changed such that it now contravenes the award criteria. In such circumstances AWMA (Vic) retains the right to request full return of all funds.
  • The provision of the agreed funds for the activity outlined in the submission to AWMA (Vic), in no way makes AWMA (Vic) legally liable for any financial or legal responsibilities incurred by the fund recipient.


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