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Nurse Practitioner Mentor of the Year 

This award is Sponsored by the Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH)  

The Mentor of the Year Award recognises the commitment of our members to growing our profession, and fostering development in others working towards similar goals.  The Mentor of the Year will not only be recognised for their support of at least one other Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner in training, but as a role model, who has positive influence across the wider profession. 


The awardee will be granted

  • 1 x Year of ACNP membership  
  • 1 x ACNP 2023 National Conference Registration 
  • AMH resources for mentor and student to the value of $500 



  1. Be registered with NMBA as a Registered Nurse with NP endorsement and be working as a NP
  2. Demonstrate a contribution towards supporting development of a Nurse Practitioner/s 
  3. Demonstrate mentoring that has improved others clinical knowledge, leadership skills and their ability to deliver evidence-based health care to the Australian community.
  4. Have acted as a positive professional role model and developer of the mentees clinical skills/knowledge to deliver evidence-based health care to patients
  5. Demonstrate a contribution to ACNP/NP roles and patients access to evidence-based health care in Australia  
  6. Other attributes contributing to the worthiness of the award being bestowed



  • Scholarship Nominations open 1 April 

  • Scholarship Nominations close 30 June 

  • Recipients are notified before the announcement 

  • Official presentation at the 2022 National Conference Gala Dinner, Novotel Sydney, Brighton Beach



Applications reopen in 2023

David McKiernan

David McKiernan is an exceptionally talented Emergency Nurse Practitioner, who for over a decade been practicing on the mid north coast. He is known for his expert clinical care of patients, education of other emergency health professionals and advocate for helping NP positions grow. Dave started his career as a wardsmen and through dedication worked his way through university to become a Registered nurse and over the decades of his career has been an Emergency CNS, Respiratory CNC, an Emergency CNE and Emergency Clinical Nurse Unit Manager.


2021 Recipient

  • Stephanie Downden, Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, WA


Stephanie is a skilled Nurse Practitioner in the area of paediatrics.  As a NP she works endlessly to educate the community, heath sector and new NPs about the role, and how it can tribute to patient centred care.  She volunteers her valuable time to advocate, educate, share her knowledge, and experiences through participation on committees, representation, and promotional bodies. This includes the large amount of time she dedicates to transitional NPs, NP candidates and aspiring Nurse Practitioners across Western Australia.

As a mentor, Stephanie is always available to support, assist, direct, motivate and support her mentee’s.  Stephanie consistently mentors NP students within her private practice as a clinical mentor.  She commits to one to two students every semester.  This is all completed on a volunteering model, and completed with commendable patience and support for those fortunate to be Stephanie’s students.

Stephanie’s nominator stated “Under Stephanie’s guidance, my advanced practice clinical skills have grown to a level that I could not have comprehended when we first met.  Her professionalism and knowledge are at such a high level that it is a little overwhelming at times.  This can only benefit the professionalism of the NPs that she mentors in the future as we have a very high level to aspire to. Her passion for early intervention and diagnosis for conditions and support for low socioeconomic families and decreasing the already large inequality gap in healthcare is commendable and I would be proud to be half the NP that Stephanie is.” 

Congratulations Stephanie 

2020 Recipient

  • Anita Wild, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, VIC 

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Anita Wild (Left) with past recipient Nikki Johnston OAM (right)

Anita is a highly valued member of the Loddon Mallee Regional Specialist Palliative Care Consultancy Service based in the Loddon Mallee Region of Victoria.  Anita’s application demonstrates her commitment to the education of others and is described as a positive professional role model. Anita mentors across the region and not only in her local area and her students include NPC’s, APN’s, and other health care workers. Congratulations Anita. 

2019 Recipient

  • Nikki Johnston, OAM, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, ACT 

Mentor 2019     

Murray Sneesby (2018 winner, left) with Nikki Johnston OAM (right).

Nikki currently works for Calvary Health Care in Canberra and believes that all Australians deserve better access to quality care in their last months of life, regardless of age, diagnosis or where they live. In 20196 Nikki received an Order of Australia Medal for Services to Nursing; and was the winner of the Federal Health Ministers Trailblazing Award for nursing. Nikki's team was the winner of the HESTA National Team Excellence Award. Nikki initiated research throug the INSPIRED trial which integrates specialist palliative care into residential aged care through the use of Palliative Care Needs Rounds. Congratulations Nikki. 

2018 - Murry Sneesby Emergency, Primary Health Qld

2017 - Sharyn Plath Emergency and Acute Care Qld

2016 - Peter Woodman Emergency and Acute Care WA