Branko Cesnik Awards

The Branko Cesnik Awards recognise the best submitted academic/scientific papers.

About the award

The Branko Cesnik Awards recognise the best submitted academic/scientific papers in two categories for HISA’s annual Health Informatics Conference:

  • Best Academic/Scientific Paper
  • Best Student Academic/Scientific Paper

Submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review as per the HIC review guidelines. The winner is determine by the review score and the presentation of the paper at the HIC conference.

About the Committee

The Branko Cesnik Awards Committee comprises a minimum of three (3) but ideally five (5) people, including the HIC Academic & Scientific Program Co-Chair, a representative from the Australian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) and at least one other to participate in the selection process for each award. They will review the presentations onsite.


All academic/scientific papers submitted to HIC will automatically become candidates for the Branko Cesnik Awards.

  • Authors do not need to be a member of HISA to be eligible
  • Submissions must be original work and not previously presented before (material that has been previously presented ONLY at a conference outside Australia will be considered, provided the paper is not identical to any that has been previously published)
  • The paper submitted must be in English

Best Student Paper of the year Award

To be eligible to receive the student award, student authors must be enrolled part time or full time at a recognised tertiary educational institute. They must be the principal author of the paper and not only the first named author. The HISA office will contact the supervisors of those student papers that are shortlisted. A letter/email of support from the supervisor detailing the adherence to the criteria will be required for the paper to be assessed as an award candidate. It shall be the responsibility of the supervisor or organisation to provide proper documentation and ensure its accuracy.

Selection & review process

The following criteria determine the score for the Branko Cesnik Award:

  • 50% is based on the academic/scientific paper reviews
  • 50% is based on the presentation of the paper at HIC


  • Where two (2) papers are given the same total score a joint award shall be recommended.
  • Submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review as per the HIC review guidelines.
  • In each award category, the five (5) papers with the highest scores from the HIC review process will be shortlisted for further assessment by the Branko Cesnik Award committee based on presentation.
  • Presentations are to be reviewed according to the following selection criteria; tone and body language, audio-visual material and their overall audience engagement.
Award presentation

Winners will be presented with their awards at the HISA Awards Gala Dinner on the second day of HIC. They will receive a trophy and certificate and will be promoted widely, including in the media.

About Branko Cesnik

Branko was one of the founding members of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Informatics (APAMI) and the Australian College of Health Informatics (ACHI). He was also a member of the Board of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), Vice-President of Membership, senior editor of the Medinfo ’98 Proceedings (Korea). He also served IMIA through a variety of other responsibilities. His great leadership and vision were instrumental in laying the foundation for health informatics developments “Down Under” that occasioned MEDINFO 2007 in Australia. The Branko Cesnik awards recognises his work and give “life” to the further developments in health informatics in Australia.