QUT Indigenous/Rural & Remote Student Scholarship

This scholarship has been established by the Queensland University Technology (QUT) specifically for Nurse Practitioner (NP) Students working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and/or a Rural and Remote area. The objective of this scholarship is to connect future NPs with the broader NP network to support innovation in the development of new NP roles and models of care. We recognise that is challenging for Nurse Practitioners Students in rural and remote areas to attend the conference due to cost and travel requirements. 

Applications are sought for the QUT Student Conference Scholarship in the following categories:

  • A Nurse Practitioner Student working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health; and/or
  • A Nurse Practitioner Student working in a Rural and Remote area

The selection criteria will be addressed using the following questions

  1. How does your present career pathway fit the criteria of ATSI or Rural & Remote?
  2. What is your past history in this field and what motivated your initial interest?
  3. How would you benefit from attending the conference?
  4. Why should you be awarded this scholarship?
  5. Please outline and describe your eligibility (max 500 words) in relation to Your role as a Nurse Practitioner Student 



  • 1 scholarship will be awarded consisting of $2,500 towards a 2022 ACNP National Conference including
    • Pre-conference workshop
    • Full Conference registration
    • Accommodation
    • Travel fees associated with attending conference
  • ACNP will offer the successful applicant a 1 year complimentary ACNP membership



  • Scholarship Nominations open 1 March 2022

  • Scholarship Nominations close 30 June 2022

  • Recipients are notified before the announcement 

  • Official presentation at the 2022 ACNP National Conference



Applications will reopen in 2023.



Christine Perrett

I am a remote area nurse with extensive experience in primary health, particularly with indigenous populations. I am a RIPRN endorsed RN, midwife and child health nurse and am credentialled to provide cervical screening. I have mainly worked in WA, NT and QLD in a variety of settings but mostly enjoy experiences “off the beaten track”. I first came to the Torres Straits 20 years ago and got hooked whilst working in the outer islands. I continued to move around a little but nothing else quite compared, so I returned. I have been working on Moa Island now for a little over 12 years and feel as though it’s the best job I have ever had. My scope of practice is broad, and I work very autonomously in a single nurse post. There are some limitations in my scope of practice however, that disadvantage my vulnerable community, particularly in managing chronic diseases. The next step for me then, is to become endorsed as a NP so that I can better manage chronic diseases and contribute towards closing the health gap.

Past Recipients

Grace Payne – Queensland (NP) Primary Health and Jeffrey Faccenda – South Australia (NP) Emergency & Acute Care


Congratulations Grace.

Grace QUT

Grace has a passion for remote and Indigenous Nursing, and this alone has been the driving force behind her ambition to become a Nurse Practitioner. Grace sees the need for Nurse Practitioners in these locations and the real difference that they can make. The ability to provide a holistic, reliable service without the need for referral, await outreach medical services or transfer to other facilities sees better outcomes and attendance by clients. With a predominantly fly in fly out work force in remote locations continuity of care is difficult to achieve. Despite this, nurses are seen to be the stable workforce and therefore communities could benefit from in house Nurse Practitioners.

Congratulations Jeffrey.

  Jef QUT

Jeffrey’s enthusiasm for rural health stems from his rural upbringing, experiences on placement as a rural nursing student, and a strong belief in equitable healthcare for all no matter the geographical location. As an undergraduate Jeffrey was fortunate to be selected for the Flinders University Rural Health Society Rural and Remote Scholarship to attend the Wakakirri festival in the NT and tour several remote health services, to experience the benefits and challenges of rural and remote practice. This motivated Jeffrey to structure his career to build a solid foundation of emergency skills with the aim of working rurally when he considers his skills were sufficient to be an effective practitioner in an isolated environment.

2019 Recipient

Congratulations to Rebecca Evans

QUT Scholar Rebecca Evans      

Recipient Rebecca Evans (left) with ACNP President Leanne Boase

"What an honour it was to attend this year's ACNP Conference in Melbourne as the QUT Scholarship recipient... I was able to network with colleagues from the Central West of NSW but also had the opportunity to meet with other Nurse Practitioners from a multitude of specialities and found them all to be open in sharing their own NP Journey.  Hearing their stories and simply being around people who were passionate about what they do, encouraged me on my journey." 

See the full refection from Rebecca below: 

Reflection from Rebecca Evans – Recipient of 2019 QUT/ACNP Conference Student Scholarship



2017 - Emma Metcalfe-Nash

2016 - Rebecca Philp