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Heather May Herrick Scholarship Program


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 8 scholarships are available for members to attend the National Symposim in South Australia in October. 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 Stait 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 Symposium (October 2021) 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.
  • Due to Covid-19 and the rescheduling of the ACNP Conference, 2 extra scholarships were awarded to attend the 2021 National Conference leaving 8 scholarships to be awarded to attend the 2021 National Symposium in October.



  • Scholarship Nomindations open 1 April, 2021

  • Scholarship Nominations close 31 July, 2021

  • Recipients notified on 16 August, 2021

  • Official presentation 15 October. 2021 at the ACNP National Sympsoium, SA. 



Heather May Herrick 2021 


2021 Conference Recipients

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

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

Bridgette Karle

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 Gillaners
  • Khera Kim
  • Kylie Cross
  • Melanie Press
  • Melissa Hanson
  • Monica Attard
  • Robyne Hingley
  • Sue McDonald

HMH group with Herricks 2019      

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