Dietitians New Zealand is proud to be able to support a number of members each year with special awards. While the Association has been able to support some of these through generous bequests from past members, a number are also sponsored by a variety of organisations wishing to support the dietetic profession. The Awards, which celebrate the achievements of recipients include:
Bernice Kelly Award (Most Improved Student)
This will be awarded to the most improved full-time dietetic student from either the University of Otago, Massey University or the University of Auckland.
Dietitians NZ Award of Excellence
This award was established in 1990 under the guidance of then President, Pamela Williams and recognises outstanding contributions by dietitians to the advancement of the profession of dietetics. It is the highest honour Dietitians NZ can bestow on a member. Bernice Kelly was the first recipient.
Education Trust Award
This is awarded annually to further the knowledge of New Zealand Registered Dietitians by funding work and study projects and for retraining dietitians wanting to re-enter the workforce.
Neige Todhunter Award
This will be awarded to New Zealand Registered Dietitians for postgraduate study in New Zealand or overseas.
Young Achiever Award
This award recognises a dietitian, who within five years of registration, excels in an aspect of dietetic practice in New Zealand, beyond the usual requirements of his/her job.
The Young Achiever Award was introduced by past President Gillian Tustin in 1992, and was first awarded at the 50th Jubilee Conference in 1993 to Glenys Henshaw.
Sponsorship will be available for two important awards: the Bernice Kelly Award and the Young Achiever Award. Sponsors may wish to offer an Award for a specific activity: please contact Dietitians New Zealand National Office.
Award certificates will be presented to the recipients at an Awards Ceremony around the time of the Dietitians NZ conference/national meeting.