Awards, Scholarships & Recognition Program 

This is an important initiative of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners as we recognise the outstanding service of Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses.

All Awards and Scholarships recognise the invaluable work Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses contribute to the Australian community ensuring effective, innovative and efficient care of an individual’s health issues in a complex and constantly changing environment.

As a College we strongly encourage applications from across the country, in relation to all types of roles and specialties.  Please check the guidelines and consider who you may wish to nominate, or whether you could nominate yourself!

All applicants need to complete the Nomination Form in conjunction with Award/Scholarship specific requirements.  Please email completed application forms and any additional requirements to Bernie McPhee at

Download the 2021 ACNP Awards, Scholarships and Recognition Program booklet by clicking on the green button below. 




Time Frames Overview

The dates outlined below are indicative of the opening of nominations for the Awards, Scholarships & Recognition Program: 

01 April

Scholarship Applications Open

  • Heather May Herrick Scholarship 
  • Ollie Scholarship 

01 May 


Award Nominations Open

  • HESTA Nurse Practitioner of the Year
  • AMH Nurse Practitioner Mentor of the Year
  • Bank First Innovation in Business Award  


30 June


All Scholarships and Awards close.


15 October


Formal Announcement at the ACNP National Symposium Gala Awards Dinner


Reopening 2022


Reopening 2022

Past Awards & Recipients 

Jane O'Connell Research Scholarship  

The Jane O’Connell Research Scholarship has been established by Dr Jann Foster in partnership with the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners and honours the contribution of Dr Jane O’Connell to the development of the nurse practitioner role in Australia.

Jane O’Connell has an extensive background in Emergency Nursing that saw her become one of the first Nurse Practitioners in Australia. She has extensive experience in teaching health staff, policy work and her PhD explored the parameters of practice of Emergency Nurse Practitioners across Australia.   A major outcome was the development of clinical practice standards for ENPs.   The College is pleased to continue its acknowledgement of Jane’s outstanding contribution to the Australian Health service and specifically the essential role of the Nurse Practitioner. 


1 award of up to $5,000 for a research project that contributes to the Australian Health service and specifically the essential role of the Nurse Practitioner


2019 Recipients

Congratulations to the combined winners; Kathy Tori, Tash Jennings & Grainne Lowe.

JOC scholarship 2019

Helen Gosby (left) presenting the Award to Kathy Tori (Centre) and Tash Jennings (right)

QUT Student Indigenous/Rural and Remote Scholarships

The scholarship has been established in conjunction with Queensland University Technology (QUT) to provide the opportunity of a Nurse Practitioner Candidate (NPC)* working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and/or Rural and Remote area.  In appreciation for the unique role of the Nurse Practitioner in Australia and the outstanding work that they do, QUT has funded a scholarship program aimed at supporting more NPC's* to deliver health care, with the following priorities:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Rural and Remote area


The scholarship will consist of (x2) $1,000 Scholarships towards ACNP conference registration and travel fees associated with attending the conference. Attendance at the Conference (September) in the same year of application/award is required for the scholarship to be granted. Two scholarships will be awarded each year.   NOTE:  Nurse Practitioner Candidate includes Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), Transitional Nurse Practitioner and other terms referring to studying to become an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner.



1st February Nominations open
31 October Nominations close
4th September Announcement to applicants
All announcements are to be held in confidence until this date.
Please see the documents outlined below for full details of the Scholarship.

2020 Recipients

Grace Payne – Queensland (NP) Primary Health and Jeffrey Faccenda – South Australia (NP) Emergency & Acute Care

Grace QUT

Grace has a passion for remote and Indigenous Nursing, and this alone has been the driving force behind her ambition to become a Nurse Practitioner. Grace sees the need for Nurse Practitioners in these locations and the real difference that they can make. The ability to provide a holistic, reliable service without the need for referral, await outreach medical services or transfer to other facilities sees better outcomes and attendance by clients. With a predominantly fly in fly out work force in remote locations continuity of care is difficult to achieve. Despite this, nurses are seen to be the stable workforce and therefore communities could benefit from in house Nurse Practitioners.

Congratulations Grace.

  Jef QUT

Jeffrey’s enthusiasm for rural health stems from his rural upbringing, experiences on placement as a rural nursing student, and a strong belief in equitable healthcare for all no matter the geographical location. As an undergraduate Jeffrey was fortunate to be selected for the Flinders University Rural Health Society Rural and Remote Scholarship to attend the Wakakirri festival in the NT and tour several remote health services, to experience the benefits and challenges of rural and remote practice. This motivated Jeffrey to structure his career to build a solid foundation of emergency skills with the aim of working rurally when he considers his skills were sufficient to be an effective practitioner in an isolated environment.

Congratulations Jeffrey.

2019 Recipient

Congratulations to Rebecca Evans

QUT Scholar Rebecca Evans QUT Logo     

Recipient Rebecca Evans (left) with ACNP President Leanne Boase

"What an honour it was to attend this year's ACNP Conference in Melbourne as the QUT Scholarship recipient... I was able to network with colleagues from the Central West of NSW but also had the opportunity to meet with other Nurse Practitioners from a multitude of specialities and found them all to be open in sharing their own NP Journey.  Hearing their stories and simply being around people who were passionate about what they do, encouraged me on my journey." 

See the full refection from Rebecca below: 

Reflection from Rebecca Evans – Recipient of 2019 QUT/ACNP Conference Student Scholarship