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Heather May Herrick Scholarship Program

Closed for 2022

The scholarship is named in memory of Heather May Herrick. Heather received outstanding care, including palliative care and pain management from a Nurse Practitioner which made a huge difference to Heather and her family.  After a long battle with cancer pain, thanks to a Nurse Practitioner, her last 2 months of life were comfortable. In appreciation for the unique role of the Nurse Practitioner in Australia and the outstanding work that they do, Heather’s family has funded a scholarship program aimed at supporting more Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses to deliver services to people like Heather. 

This year 10 scholarships are available for members to attend the National Conference, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, NSW 13-15 October 2022.

You can be considered for the scholarship if you work in the following areas:

  • Essential Criteria:

    • Pain Management

    • Palliative Care

    • Working towards Advanced Practice or a Nurse Practitioner role

  • Desirable Criteria:

    • Oncology

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

    • New and emerging NP's

    • Rural and Remote NP's

    • Intensive Care Nurses



10 Scholarships are to be awarded each year over 5 years from 2019 - 2023.  Attendance at the ACNP National Conference (October 2022) in the same year of application/award is required for the scholarship to be granted. 

Each Scholarship will consist of $1,000 and is to assist with registration and travel costs to the ACNP National Conference, for face to face attendees.  

This scholarship is in conjunction with the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN)

Please note:

  • Awarding of the Heather May Herrick Scholarship to previous recipients may occur after a three year break.



  • Scholarship Nominations open 1 February 2022

  • Scholarship Nominations close 30 April 2022

  • Recipients will be notified before the announcement 

  • Official presentation at the 2022 ACNP National Conference 



You can start the preparation by reading the guidebook to the award in the Heather May Herrick Scholarship Booklet 2022

Please complete the application below: 

2022 Application Form - Heather May Herrick


2021 Recipients

Congratulations to the following Recipients of the 2021 Awards year Heather May Herrick Scholarships.

  • Nurse Practitioner/Candidate in the first 2 years of practice
    • Carl Livingstone - Victoria (NP) Emergency & Acute Care
  • Advanced Practice Nurses intending to become a Nurse Practitioner/Candidate
    • Emma Collins - South Australia (NPC) Emergency & Acute Care
    • Emma Knowland - Queensland (NPC) Sexual Health
    • Mark Young - New South Wales (NP) Hospital in the Home 
  • Nurse Practitioner/Candidate or Advanced Practice Nurses in rural and remote areas
    • Kate Ryan - New South Wales (NPC) Diabetes 

Carl Livingstone emma Collins Emma K nos Mark Young Kare Ryan

2021 Conference Recipients

Congratulations to the following Recipients of the 2020 Heather May Herrick Scholarships.

  • Brigitte Karle - New South Wales (NP) Palliative Care
  • Emma Lane -  New South Wales (NP) Rural / Remote
  • Fay Tomlin - Queensland (NP) Pain Management
  • Melanie Rose - Victoria (NP) Rural / Remote Aged Care

Emma Lane Fay Tomlin Bridgette Karle Heather May Herrick Scholarship Recipient 2021 

2020 Recipients

Congratulations to the following Recipients of the 2020 Heather May Herrick Scholarships.

  • Priscilla Peart – Victoria (NPC) Emergency & Acute Care
  • Sruthy Raju – Queensland (NPC) Chronic Disease
  • Natalie Spence – South Australia (NPC) Aged & Palliative Care
  • Samantha Mulholland – Queensland (NPC) Primary Health
  • Karly Carruthers – Victoria (NPC) Emergency & Acute Care
  • Sally Evans – Victoria (NPC) Emergency & Acute Care
  • Ruth Ikobe – Victoria (NP) Aged & Palliative Care
  • Lynley Buckley – Queensland (NP) Aged Care

HMH rec

  • The following members were unable to attend the 2019 presentation, and joined the 2020 receiptents for formal acknowledgemnt.
    • Khera Kim – Queensland (NP) Aged Care
    • Melanie Press – New South Wales  (NPC) Primary Care

2019 Recipients

Congratulations to the following Recipients of the first Heather May Herrick Scholarships.

  • Amor Kisling
  • Elizabeth Hristov
  • Fiona Gillanders
  • Khera Kim
  • Kylie Cross
  • Melanie Press
  • Melissa Hanson
  • Monica Attard
  • Robyne Hingeley
  • Sue McDonald

HMH group with Herricks 2019      

Awardees with Stephen Herrick (Centre) and Andrew Herrick (Right)