A goal of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland is to foster medical research in Queensland and the Society encourages all young investigators, to each year, consider submitting an abstract in the fields of Gastroenterology or Hepatology at the Annual Update Conference. Two cash prizes were awarded. $1000 for the Winning submission in two categories.
The following criteria had to be adhered to;
1. The bulk of the research must be executed in Queensland during the last 24 months.
2. The presenter is to be currently undertaking clinical medical training or engaged in scientific research, or must have received their college fellowship or doctorate within the past five years.
3. The presenter must not have been a previous recipient of the award.
4. The presenter must have had a major role in the planning and performance of the research work and have been responsible for the preparation of the abstract.