We celebrate New Zealand health research excellence by awarding three medals annually:

The HRC introduced the Liley Medal in 2004, in recognition of Sir William Liley, KCMG, BMedSc, MBChBPhD FRZNZ, FRCOG (1929-1983) and his leadership of scientific endeavour in New Zealand. We annually present the Liley Medal to a recipient whose recent research has made an outstanding contribution to the health and medical sciences. 

The Beaven Medal, named after the late Professor Sir Donald Ward Beaven, KNZM, CBE (1924 – 2009), acknowledges Sir Don’s long time interest in translating research into clinical practice. We first awarded the Medal in 2010 and it is presented annually to a recipient who has been recognised for excellence in translational research.

Introduced in 2018, Te Tohu Rapuora recognises an individual, research team or community group, whose work has demonstrated leadership, excellence and a contribution to advancing Māori health and/or knowledge.