2015 World STI & HIV Congress and Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference
Dr Penelope Chantelle Lowe
3 August 1973 to 22 December 2010
Penny was a clinical advisor for the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine and a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FAChSHM). She worked in a number of sexual health and HIV clinics in NSW, including servicing rural NSW/Sexual Health Clinics and also locumed at the Cairns Sexual Health Service in Queensland. Penny was passionate about supporting quality training environments and lobbied for a more Trainee-centric model of training. As a result of her efforts, she has left a worthwhile legacy for current Trainees. 

Penny was a very capable musician and was a member of various choirs. She was also a keen swimmer and walker. Her vibrancy, great warmth and humour are greatly missed by Chapter Fellows, Trainees and all those who knew her.  

The Trainee Update Breakfast has been renamed the Penelope Lowe Trainee Breakfast in her memory. 

Penelope Lowe Trainee Prize
The prize will be awarded for the best case presentation by a registered Chapter Trainee, sponsored by the RACP Foundation. 
Value AUD $500 cash and certificate

Any case that illustrates an important or interesting clinical issue will be considered. Cases that illustrate emerging or groundbreaking treatments or a recently ‘discovered’ facet of an established area of medicine are particularly encouraged. The educational value of the case will be taken into account in the selection of cases for presentation.  The case should be selected and the presentation prepared in consultation with your Supervisor.

 The presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality of presentation
  • Educational value of case
  • Discussion of literature and knowledge displayed 
  • Response to questions
  • The presentation should concern original and unpublished observations made by the Trainee
  • Preference will be given to a presentation which includes an Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion
  • The prize will only be awarded if there is a case presentation judged to be of a suitable standard
  • Previous recipients of the Penelope Lowe Breakfast Prize are ineligible to compete a subsequent time
By virtue of submission the applicant agrees to the Terms and Conditions (Prizes)

How to submit

Presentation of the case
Audience participation is an important part of the session.  Following presentation of the case by the presenter, the session chair will ask the audience for any questions specifically regarding the facts of the case.  The presenter will then present her/his previously nominated questions for discussion and discuss these and the case, referring to the key references.  Finally, there will be a general audience discussion followed by a summary of the key points identified in the discussion. Supervisors are encouraged to attend the Penelope Lowe Trainee Breakfast to support their Trainee and provide expert comment.