Overview & Eligibility

QMWS (AMAQ) Professor Tess Cramond Memorial Bursary

AMAQ and QLD Medical Women’s Society bursary sponsor

About This Bursary

AMAQ and QLD Medical Women’s Society bursary sponsor

Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ) Professor Tess Cramond Memorial Bursary on behalf of the Queensland Medical Women’s Society (QMWS).

Professor Tess Cramond AO OBE, (1926-2015), former President of the AMAQ, and lifelong member of the QMWS, is credited with saving thousands of lives. A trail blazer for women in anaesthetics and medical politics, as medical adviser to Surf Life Saving, she introduced and promoted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training across that organisation.

Professor Cramond established and headed the Royal Brisbane Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic and became Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Professor Cramond established the Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic based on a model she had seen in the United States, and continued as Unit Director for 42 years.

Queensland Medical Women’s Society (QMWS) was founded in 1929 with the aim to further the professional development of Medical Women by education, research, and improvement of professional opportunities. Existing almost 100 years, QMWS continues to promote the health and welfare of all Australians, particularly women and children.

QMWS strongly supports professional development, including participating in international conferences, networking with both medical and women’s groups, and mentoring opportunities to further members’ aspirations in the medical field. The bursary is intended to assist the recipient to attend, present, or participate at a Medical Women’s and/or AMAQ event or conference, particularly where the topic is relevant to medical women, women’s health issues, social issues relevant to women’s health or leadership by women.

Suggested meetings / conferences are listed below, and may include local, national or international events, with the bursary contributing to expenses such as conference registration, and transport.

Preference/priority will be given to applicants where the attendance and/or invitation to present has been confirmed, with documentation to support this, and an explanation as to how the Bursary will assist this opportunity.

It is hoped that the recipient of the Bursary will also receive financial and non-financial benefits through their connection with this Bursary and QMWS, such as mentoring and engagement with a diversity of medical women and their interests.

The value of the bursary is $1,250.

Examples of conferences and meetings that may be relevant (but not exclusive to) include:

  • Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) National Convention, annually
  • Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) Global Health Conference, annually
  • Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) Conference, annually
  • Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Biannual Connection meetings (next 2024)
  • Relevant Australasian Specialist College Events for example
    • Rural Doctors Association Queensland (RDAQ) Conference
    • Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners Convention (annually)
  • Doctor’s Health Conferences including DHQ and National Health Alliance Events
  • Professional development workshops, for example, for Leadership in the Medical Workforce and Curriculum Vitae Writing Courses
  • Rural Doctors Association (Queensland or National) Conferences and Workshops
  • AMA Junior Doctor, Doctor in Training, regional national or international Workshops and Conferences
  • Doctors Health Conferences, local, regional or national
  • Digital Media Training and Professional Development
  • Doctors for the Environment Australia Conferences
  • Commission of the Status of Women, New York as AFMW Delegate, annually in February
  • WHO World Health Assembly Geneva, annually in May
  • MWIA Triennial Conference
  • MWIA Regional Conference e.g. Western Pacific

Important Dates

Monday 15 April 2024 – Applications open.

Monday 3 June 2024 – Applications close. Applications submitted/emailed or post-marked after that date will not be considered

Monday 8 July 2024 – All applicants will be advised of the selection panel’s decision after 8 July 2024. Please note that no correspondence will be entered into for feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

The Bursary Presentation will be held Saturday morning, 20th July 2024 at Women’s College, University of Queensland. We welcome the attendance of the successful recipient of each bursary to this function, where there will be the opportunity to meet your sponsor and other bursary recipients. See here for event updates.

Important Information

2 Step Process

There are two key steps to apply for this bursary: Step 1 – Check Eligibility and Step 2 – Submit An Application.

To be eligible to apply for this bursary, you must meet each of the specified Eligibility Criteria and be able to address the Selection criteria (as listed in Step 1 below).

The Selection Criteria is used to assess your application.

In Step 2 of the process, you will be provided with helpful hints to complete your application. Preparation is key.

You are invited to Start Step 1 – Check Eligibility

Please Note

1. We understand that it may not be possible to submit your application using our online Bursary Application process. In special circumstances, we do offer a hard copy / printed version of the application for you to submit. Please contact our Bursaries Program Manager, Kathy Cavanagh Ph: 0407 117 378 or Email: bursaries@ncwq.org.au to discuss your options.

2. You may apply for more than one bursary if you meet the relevant criteria. A separate application is required for each bursary.

3. Preference will be given to applicants who have not been a previous recipient in the NCWQ Bursary Program.


The details which you provide in the application are held in strict confidence and are accessed only by the Bursary Selection Panel members of the National Council of Women of Queensland Inc (“NCWQ”) Bursary Program and the Bursary Sponsor. Information contained in the application is to only be used for the purpose of administration of the NCWQ Bursary Program. The information will not be disclosed to any third party without prior written permission from the Applicant.

STEP 1 - Check Your Eligibility

(NOTE: Preferential consideration will be given to applicants who are student members of the AMAQ (Please note there is no charge for this) or Junior Medical Practitioner members of the AMAQ. See AMAQ Membership details here).

Thank you to our kind Bursary Program Sponsors

Bursary Enquiries

We welcome enquiries from potential bursary partners and bursary applicants. Please contact the NCWQ Bursary Program Manager, Kathy Cavanagh.