Phyllis Davis AM scholarship program

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 Davis AM has funded two scholarships – one for New South Wales Operating Theatre Association (NSW OTA) members, the other for ACORN members.

Through these scholarships, two perioperative nurses will be given the chance to attend our international conference which will be held in Sydney in May 2020. The conference offers numerous opportunities for education and networking.

Applications for this scholarship close on 31 October 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified in December 2019.

How much is the scholarship?

The scholarship provides early bird registration to the ACORN conference which would normally cost $890.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers conference registration. It does not cover travel or accommodation.

Who can apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a current ACORN member and have been a member continuously for at least two years, are practising as a perioperative nurse and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The assessment committee will take into account your commitment to activities organised by your state or territory perioperative nursing association and ACORN activities. Applicants from rural, regional or remote areas will be given priority.

If your application is successful:

  • you must submit a report about the conference by 14 July 2020. The report may be up to 1500 words and photos may be included. At the discretion of the Journal Committee, the report may be published in the Journal of Perioperative Nursing and/or on the website.

  • you must agree to acknowledge the financial support awarded by ACORN at appropriate times e.g. at the beginning of a presentation

  • you must agree to have your name and state published in the journal and/or on the ACORN website.

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship for NSW OTA members, contact NSW OTA directly (phone: 02 9799 9835, email:

To apply for the scholarship for ACORN members, complete the online application form and submit it by 31 October 2019. You will be notified of the outcome in December 2019.