Peter Snow Memorial Award


The Peter Snow Memorial Award was set up to honour the life and work of Dr Peter Snow (pictured) who passed away in March 2006.  Dr Snow was a rural general practitioner based in Tapanui.

As well as caring for his patients Peter was Past-President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and was a member of the Otago Hospital Board and District Health Board. He was enthusiastic and active in seeking knowledge to improve the health and safety of rural communities. His work contributed to the identification of the chronic fatigue syndrome, and he was influential in raising safety awareness on issues related to farming accidents.

The Peter Snow Memorial Award celebrates Peter Snow’s contribution to rural communities as well as recognising an individual for their outstanding contribution to rural health in either service, health research or innovation.

An individual can be nominated for either an Innovation or Service or a Research Project related to rural health in New Zealand.


Selection Criteria

An independent selection panel will consider applications.  The panel reserves the right not to offer the award if it deems that applications do not fulfil the selection criteria for the award, however HTRHN executive members will encourage the nomination of peers.  In the event that no nominees are received, then the HTRHN executive may make nominations.

An innovation or research project should:

  • be related to rural health in New Zealand and address current and or important issues
  • add to the body of knowledge on rural health issues in New Zealand
  • be evidence based and ethical.

Submit a nomination

Submit your nomination application here


To nominate an individual for this award, you must submit an online application form.

Nomination applications should include:

  • a description of the innovation, service or project
  • a review of the literature if appropriate
  • clear description of methods
  • include evidence or testimonials
  • clear description of how the service, innovation or project has impacted on rural health.

If you would like to include an additional letter of recommendation or support in your application, please email this to


Announcement and presentation of the award

The award will be presented at the National Rural Health Conference in April 2024.

It will also be announced in the HTRHN newsletter and on our website.

Presentation of paper at Conference

It is expected that the recipient of the award will present a paper at a future conference based on their project or service.