Supporting Nursing Excellence


As with any workforce, ongoing training and education and the opportunity for promotion and leadership roles inspire people to enhance their skills and abilities, and this is no different for our incredibly hardworking St Vincent’s nurses. Through the Foundation’s Nursing Excellence campaign, we are enabling further education for our nurses involved in critical care, correctional health, mental health, cancer, heart lung, palliative care, Indigenous health and emergency services. We are grateful to our supporters who are helping strengthen our nursing workforce capability by contributing towards education and training costs. Recently, a number of scholarships and courses have been developed and awarded.

St Vincent’s Registered Nurse Seema Shahi has received the Audrey Croll Award for Stroke Nursing. She received a scholarship to undertake the internationally accredited NETSMART program, a 12-month US-based training program considered the international benchmark for stroke education. The award honours the life of Mrs Audrey Croll and we thank the Croll family, John and Robert Croll and Tom Morrison for their foresight and generosity.

Sacred Heart Services, a leading provider of palliative care and rehabilitation services in Australia administers a Palliative Care Nursing Leadership and Education Program that offers postgraduate scholarships, short courses and conference funding to support staff to develop academic, clinical and leadership capabilities in palliative care.

A generous gift from Ms Cathy Gilbert will support a number of our Palliative Care nurses to Nurse Leadership Training and Development Courses and other training valued at more than $125,000. Thank you Cathy for your generous gift. We also thank Clelia Cantarella for her support of the Surgical and Perioperative nurse scholarships. Her gifts will allow surgical nurses to undertake postgraduate level studies within this speciality area with applications currently available for study in 2023.

Scholarships generously supported by Visionary Donor Jackie Waterhouse are now also available for nurses within the Emergency Department to undertake Masters level study in emergency nursing or healthcare leadership and management, as well as for nurse educators to undertake a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. An additional twenty-four nurses within the emergency department will be awarded scholarships to undertake the internationally renowned Trauma Core Nursing Course, an interactive 2-day program that delivers core trauma knowledge and skills necessary for the care and management of severely injured patients.

We are very grateful to all our Nursing Excellence and Nurse Education supporters for understanding the need to continue to support and develop our nursing workforce to retain our best nurses and ultimately ensure the best patient care.

For further information on this project and how to become involved, please contact Jane McCallum at the Foundation jane.mccallum@svha.org.au or donate below.