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HESTA Nurse Practitioner of the Year   

Do you know a Nurse Practitioner who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in the areas of clinical work, mentoring and leadership?  If so, nominate them today. 



  • One year’s complimentary membership of the ACNP
  • Complimentary registration at the ACNP 2022 National Conference
  • Travel and accommodation expenses relating to attendance at the 2022 National Conference



  1. Be registered with NMBA as a Registered Nurse with NP endorsement and be working as a NP
  2. Excellence in clinical care and patient outcomes
  3. Evidence of mentoring and professional leadership to others in the clinical team, and within their professional networks
  4. Evidence of participation in research or quality improvement
  5. Other attributes contributing to the worthiness of the award being bestowed



  • 1 May 2021 Nominations open
  • 30 June 2021 Nominations close

Announcement of winners at ACNP National Symposium, October 15,2021. 

All announcements are to be held in confidence until this date.



Now closed


2020 Recipient

  • Carol Douglas – Aged & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner from Western Australia

Carol Douglas

Carol works as a Residential Care Line Nurse Practitioner at The Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth.

Carol’s role included the creation of the NP led sustainable RCL outreach service model and was designed to prevent avoidable presentations to the Emergency Department.

Carol has expert clinical skills and is shown to provide excellence in clinical care and patient outcomes.

Carols demonstrated evidence of mentoring and leadership both during her clinical time and through her role in developing local and national Governance frameworks. Carol is also a member of the WA ACNP Committee and is involved in other peak bodies and was thought by the Awards Committee to be a very worthy recipient of the award.

Congratulations Carol.


2019 Recipient

  • Chris Helms, Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, ACT

NP of the year 2019     

Recipient Chris Helms (right) with 2018 recipient Tash Jennings (left)


Chris Helms has worked tirelessly to improve and support the role of Nurse Practitioners in Australia. 

Over the last 12 months Chris has completed his PhD in an area of research which will improve the implementation of the NP role in Australia, by developing meta-specialties of practice. 

Chris has continued to represent the role of NPs on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, on the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group as part of the review of Medicare and Chris also became a fellow of the ACNP in 2013. 

Congratulations Chris.