Eric Murray Award, Professional Achievement Award

11/01/2022 |

About the award

Eric Murray, an ANZFSS life member, has been paving the way for forensic science for the better part of 40 years. Eric is semi-retired from the forensic unit corrections health as nursing unit manager but is still actively involved on the committee for the NSW branch of the ANZFSS. Eric’s career started in nursing and involved many aspects of the nursing profession. However, he has also spanned chemistry, occupational health and industrial safety, rescue response, profiling and incident reconstruction in various roles. The NSW branch of the ANZFSS is not alone in acknowledging Eric’s lifetime achievements. Eric’s service to industry and the community has been recognised by the NSW government for community service including service to the NSW ambulance and state emergency services. In addition, Eric has received awards from her majesty for his contribution to scouting and the St john ambulance service throughout his life. Eric is tireless in his work to help others and that is shown by the extensive acknowledgements he has received.


This award is offered on alternate years to the ANZFSS travel scholarships, and is open to any person employed in the forensic field within 10-15 years of the commencement of their career (post university). The purpose of this award is to provide opportunity for professionals to enhance their career development and may be utilised for the following activities (not exhaustive); -undertake a course, not prescriptively within the forensic field; eg management -assist with travel to visit leading laboratories and agencies -purchase of consumables or equipment for research projects -provide for a sabbatical to complete part-time study -child care costs to assist with any of the above activities the recipient must have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the forensic field and clearly outline the aims and purpose of their use of the award funds in the application. The biennial award is valued at $2,000. As for the symposium awards, a sub-committee from the NSW branch committee will be formed to judge the applications. Conflicts of interest must be declared in writing to the branch president. The recipient of the award must agree to present at a NSW branch meeting within 6 months of receipt of the award, and write an article of their choice for the branch newsletter within 12 months receipt of the award.

Please contact the NSW Branch or for more information. More information can be found here.

Eric Murray Professional Achievers Award