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Bank First Innovation in Business Award

This award is sponsored by Bank First

The awardee will have demonstrated innovation in health management systems, administration and/or service provision. Innovation is defined as the multi-stage process whereby organisations transform ideas into new/improved products, service or processes, to advance, compete and differentiate themselves successfully in their marketplace.



1 x Year of ACNP membership  
1 x ACNP 2023 National Conference Registration
$2,000 monetary award towards business and leadership development



  1. Be registered with NMBA as a Registered Nurse with NP endorsement and be working as a NP in your business
  2. Demonstrates recent achievements in their Nursing career Be able to support the outcomes of your innovation.
  3. Provides a description of a business model or the challenges they had to overcome to get it up and running
  4. Demonstrates how their Private practice NP model has delivered excellent in clinical care and patient outcomes in their community
  5. Demonstrates how their model of care is innovated/ different to what already existence, or builds on what already exist to improve patients access to evidence-based health care? 
  6. Outline other attributes contributing to the worthiness of the award being bestowed


The awardee will report back to the ACNP board on how the Prize will support the innovation and the benefits of the award, and this report will be shared with Bank First. 


  • Scholarship Nominations open 1 May 2022

  • Scholarship Nominations close 30 June 2022

  • Recipients are notified before the announcement 

  • Official presentation 2022 National Conference in Sydney



Applications will reopening 2023.

Kerry Duggan

Kerrie is our nurse practitioner. She is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience. Kerrie holds post graduate certificates in Intensive care, Midwifery and General Practice Nursing and is an authorised Nurse Immuniser. Kerrie has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Nursing Science. As a nurse practitioner, her role is to support you to stay well and healthy by providing you with a yearly health check. Kerrie focuses on your health and well-being and checks for risk factors which can cause you disease. She can prescribe medications, refer to specialists, order blood tests and x-rays and ultrasounds, and assess and diagnose many medical conditions


2021 Recipient

  • Stephen Voogt, Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, VIC


Steve became a Nurse Practitioner specialising in Gerontology, he first spent time working in the public health system. During this time, Steve became aware of the challenges facing the aged care sector. In 2013, Steve commenced providing contracted services to residential aged care, including comprehensive assessment when and where it is needed, with a specific focus on Geriatric Syndromes. Steve also provides telehealth services, enabling residents to access this specialised service from the comfort of their home. 

Steve’s business is innovative in a number of ways, but most of all, he is not allowing geographical challenges to impede his service delivery. The demand for Steve’s service is growing rapidly and now includes rural health services in towns such as Omeo, Yackandandah, Yarrawonga and Myrtleford. Recent innovations to Steve’s business include planning to implement the provision of ‘telehealth on call services’ to towns such as Portland.

Steve’s willingness to embrace new technologies, upskill other health professionals and ability to deal with Australia’s unique graphic challenges are what confirm his suitability for the Bank First Innovation in Business Award.

2020 Recipient

  • Rachel Page, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, QLD 

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Rachel pioneered a private Nurse Practitioner led Child, Teen and Young Adult Mental Health Clinic ‘Teens Matter 2’ on Brisbane’s Northside. Identifying an at risk and vulnerable cohort, the establishment of ‘Teens Matter 2’ aims to enhance access to financially sustainable service delivery, reduce barriers to service provision and create equity in service accessibility. The goal being to enhance mental health outcomes, mitigate risk and support vulnerable populations.

This application has shown how the business has been established and prospered and how this business model can be used across other geographical areas. This business has also demonstrated improved access to care for an at risk and vulnerable population and has shown positive outcomes for the client base.

Congratulations Rachel.

2019 Recipients

  • Sian Pritchard, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, VIC 

 Innovation 2019

Winner Sian with Adrian Wilson, Bank First Business Development Manager.


Sian is currently the Director of Pritchard Health and established the first Nurse Practitioner led clinic in Geelong. 

Sian is truly an innovator in business, she has a philosophy truly centred to the whole person, and believes all people deserve excellent health care regardless of their circumstances.  

Sian believes in the importance of early intervention, and that physical and mental health are not seperate.

Congratulations Sian.