Financial Support & Scholarships

ACORN supports its members and perioperative nursing by offering financial support for professional development and acknowledging outstanding contributions to perioperative nursing and the perioperative profession.

ACORN financial assistance through grants and scholarships is intended to support the learning of its members and assist perioperative nurses to:
  • develop higher level skills related to the practice of perioperative nursing
  • carry out projects that will enhance perioperative nursing competence. 

ACORN offers five types of financial assistance to support member’s learning. ACORN also offers Research grants for perioperative research.

Bravura Laser Safety Officer (LSO) education scholarship

Bravura Education is offering scholarships for ACORN members to complete a laser safety officer (LSO) training course (surgical and operating suite). In each round, one ACORN member from each state will be awarded a scholarship to do Bravura Education's LSO training.

This laser safety officer course is suitable for those who work in an operating suite or other clinical environments that uses lasers. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the operation and hazards of lasers. The course is delivered online and takes eight to ten hours to complete. You can study at your own pace, in your own time and take as long as you like to do it. Assessment is a two-hour, online, open book exam.

The course meets the requirements for eight hours of continuing professional development (CPD) when applied according to relevant AHPRA guidelines. It is accredited by both ACORN and the Australian College of Nursing.

For more information visit Bravura Education.


Applications are Open.

Round 1 (opens 1 March 2022 and closes 31 May 2022)

Round 2 (opens 1 September 2022 and closes 30 November 2022)

Apply here

ACORN Education grant

Education grants are awarded to further the education and continual professional development of perioperative nurses across Australia. These grants can be used towards tuition fees for post graduate studies, industry-based qualifications, or perioperative specialty area education event registration. The area of study must be directly related to the advancement of safe and high-quality perioperative nursing in Australia.

Please note: Education grants are not for financial assistance to attend the ACORN Virtual Conference Series. To apply for assistance to attend the ACORN conference please use the Conference attendance scholarship application form.

Click here to read a report from a successful applicant.


Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Applications (Round 1) open 1 February 2023 and close 1 March 2023.

Applications (Round 2) open 1 June 2023 and close 1 July 2023.

Apply here

University of Tasmania ACORN member scholarship

ACORN members can access fee waiver discounts towards post graduate qualifications (Graduate certificate level) through our partnership with the University of Tasmania. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are also available for H6F Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation). Apply online to commence your study.

For more information click on the link ACORN - College of Health and Medicine | University of Tasmania (


*** H5F - Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation).

Specialisations available to ACORN members under this scholarship are:

- Perioperative Nursing

- Leadership in Practice

- Clinical Nursing and Teaching

- Anaesthetics and Recovery


*** M5S - Graudate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services).


Scholarship requirements

To be eligible for a UTAS scholarship you must be a current member of ACORN. You must submit proof of membership when you apply. Please log into your ACORN account and download your ACORN membership card as proof of membership.

If you have questions about the courses available on a UTAS scholarship, your application or your study, you must contact UTAS course enquiries directly on, or phone 03 6226 4757.


Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Semester 2 commences 11 July 2022

Apply here

Heather May Herrick scholarship

This scholarship is offered in collaboration with the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. The scholarship is named in memory of Heather May Herrick who was diagnosed with four primary cancers, two of which caused significant pain.

Heather received outstanding care, including palliative care and pain management, from a Nurse Practitioner and this made a huge difference to Heather and her family.  After a long battle with pain, thanks to the Nurse Practitioner, Heather's last two 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.

The program will award ten $1000 scholarships to assist with registration and travel costs to attend the ACNP National Conference. (Click here for details about the conference.)


Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Applications open 1 February 2023 and close 30 April 2023.

Click here for more information and to download the scholarship application form.

International volunteer and teaching grant 

ACORN wishes to support its members and the broader perioperative community, by offering financial support for members who are intending to do voluntary work or teach perioperative nursing skills overseas. If you are an ACORN member who intends to travel overseas to do voluntary work or teach you may be eligible to apply for the ACORN International volunteer and teaching grant to assist with travel costs. Voluntary work and/or teaching must directly relate to perioperative nursing.

International work supported by ACORN

An ACORN grant helped to fund a project to develop standards of practice and matching practice audit tools tailored for use by perioperative nurses in Pacific Island Countries. Click here to see a poster that summarises the project.

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Phyllis Davis AM scholarship

Phyllis Davis AM was the Director of Nursing at Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Phyllis is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Operating Room Nursing and a Master’s of Public Sector Management from the University of Technology Sydney.

For the last decade, Phyllis has worked with perioperative nurses in Papua New Guinea providing support and assistance to the Papua New Guinea Perioperative Nurses Society. In 2018, Phyllis received the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) for services to nursing, nursing education, nursing leadership and nursing international relations. Phyllis is also an ACORN Fellow and was awarded the Excellence in Perioperative Nursing (Individual) Award in May 2018.

In appreciation of the significance of education, the importance of perioperative nurses' engagement with their professional associations and her role as a perioperative leader, Phyllis has funded this scholarship program.

The program aims to support members to attend the ACORN 2022 Virtual conference series and consists of two scholarships of $890 each. The first scholarship is open to members of the New South Wales Operating Theatre Association (NSW OTA); the second scholarship is open to all ACORN members.

Applications for 2022 are now closed.