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Ollie Scholarship 

This scholarship is named in memory of Olwyn (Ollie) Johnston who was appointed as the first Nurse Practitioner in NSW in May 2001. Ollie was the first Nurse Practitioner approved to work in a remote area of far west NSW and recognised for her specialities in rural and remote health care. A pioneer, Ms Johnston paved the way for Nurse Practitioners nationally. She found a setting to learn beyond the norm and had to think creatively to meet her client’s health needs. Through her passion for the area she developed a deep sense of commitment to rural and remote health. 



The prize is a scholarship of up to $5,000 and may be provided to one individual. 


The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who can best demonstrate that the proposed activity will both add to the body of knowledge on nurse practitioner roles and models of care.
Applicants must complete the selection questions and the declaration included in this application.



  • Scholarship Nomindations open 1 March 2022

  • Scholarship Nominations close 30 June 2022

  • Recipients are not notified before the announcement 

  • Official presentation 2022 National Conference in Sydney



Applications will open in 2023.

2022 Recipient

Congratulations to the 2022 Ollie Scholarship recipient, Lee-anne Pedersen.

Lee-anne Pedersen is a Nurse Practitioner in Karumba Clinic and Normanton Hospital located in Queensland, where she provides primary and emergency health care. 

Lee-anne has published articles on a variety of topics, including Paediatric Palliative care and the use of telehealth to deliver services. 

She has been a teacher across the Asia Pacific region and has been the recipient of various scholarships and grants including National Quality of Care Collaborative Commonwealth Health and Aging grant since 2014. 

Lee-anne is delighted to be awarded the 2022 Ollie Scholarship and will use the scholarship funds to extend her skills in the area of use of ultrasound in rural areas, thereby enabling additional service provision to her community.

Past Winners

2021 Recipient

Congratulations to Amor Kisling.

Amor Kisling Photo


Amor is an Emergency Nurse Practitioner in regional Victoria and is currently completing a masters of Traumatology and developing a hip fracture pathway to enhance patient outcomes.  The Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) course will enable Amor to implement this pathway, as well as being trained to administer fascia iliaca blocks. The course will also enable Amor to implement skills in assessing trauma patients. Amor’s colleague outlines “Developing the knowledge and skill to operate the ultrasound will allow nurse practitioners to broaden and refine their practice and aid them in reducing time to diagnosis, vascular access, analgesia or recognition of significant pathology that will help improve the timeliness and overall standard of care. Amor takes an active role and interest in achieving the best possible standards of care. She has led the development of the new fast track department and taken an active role in guideline development from trauma to hip fracture pathways.” 

This education will help overcome current barriers to practice by providing Amor with the knowledge and skills to provide her patients a quicker and more in-depth health care experience and increase better health outcomes. 


Congratulations to Giuliana Murfet

Giuliana Murfet

Giuliana was one of the first Nurse Practitioners endorsed to practice in Tasmania.  She has extensive diabetes experience including leadership and advisory roles nationally. Key works includes: Retrospective Diabetes in Pregnancy Outcome Study; Assessment and Management of Obesity and Self-maintenance Study; A competency-based approach to expanding the diabetes healthcare workforce (current PhD).  

The Ollie Nurse Practitioner Scholarship supports attendance to the 11th International Council of Nurses’ NP/APN Nursing Network Conference in Nova Scotia in 2020.  The award was cosponsored by ACN.

2020 - The Scholarship was not awarded/

2018 - Mark Jones. Emerency and Acute Care SA

2017 - Mark Shah Diabetes and Eendocrinology WA

2016 - Mary Fenech BBV, STI & Viral Hepatitis Qld

2015 - Giuliana Murfet Diabetes Tas

2014 - Kym Boyes Womens Health & Research Qld