Scholarships and Grants.

Are available for members - see application information below for ' Scholarships and Grants'. 

Awards, Scholarships & Grants

As a professional body of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF Vic Branch), the Victorian Association of Maternal & Child Health Nurses (VAMCHN) is committed to providing financial support for members to further enhance their knowledge through professional development and additional study. Scholarships and Grants are available for members - see application information on the' Scholarships and Grants' page.

Acknowledgement of significant member contribution is recognised through the Fran Morris Award.

Fran Morris Award

This award is named after Fran Morris, in recognition of her contribution to, and promotion of, maternal and child health nursing. 

VAMCHN presents this award annually to:

MCH Nurses

A maternal & child health nurse


Undertaking a course leading to practicing as a MCH nurse in Victoria

Criteria & Requirements for nomination of the Fran Morris Award

Recipients eligible for this awards must be:

  • A current member of VAMCHN
  • Eligible to practice in Victoria
  • MCH nurse - peer nomination
  • Student - papers/essays recommend by a lecturer
Written nominations to be received by VAMCHN Executive by 16th June 2021. Recipients will be announced at the AGM 11/8/2021

Nomination Form

Recipients of Fran Morris Award:

Year Recipient Category
2015 MCHN Jan Stone
2014 MCHN Toni Ormstron
2012 MCHN Liz Mann
2011 MCHN Elizabeth Ruschena
2010 MCHN Gwen Jones
2010 STUDENT Cherie Van Styn
2010 STUDENT Angelique Sherwen

Scholarships and Grants

VAMCHN encourages members to pursue personal development and offers financial support to assist members.


Types of financial support available:

Two scholarships

To the value of $1,000 each for further academic studies (Masters, PhD or research). Applications for assistance will be considered and awarded based on merit.

Two grants

To the value of $750 each for professional development (conferences or training courses). Available to one metropolitan member and one rural member per year.


For further information select the following:

Award Recipients:

Year Award Recipient Employment
2016 Professional DevelopmentTanya Maschio Student
2014 Professional Development Nanette Freckleton Yarriambiack Shire
2014 Professional Development Raylene Breach Hume City Council
2014 Professional Development Denise Thomson
2014 Professional Development Marcia Armstrong
2014 Scholarships Helen Cunningham Glen Eira City Council
2014 Scholarships Patricia GrantCity of Greater Bendigo
2012 Scholarships Raylene Breach
2012 Scholarships Helene Johns
2012 Scholarships Maria Lay
2011 Professional Development Pam Heselev
2011 Scholarship Kate Geyle

Order your Competency & Documentation Standards or
'100 years of MCHN: 1917-2017' booklet today!

Competency and/or Documentation Standards for the Maternal and Child Health Nurse in Victoria are available as is the '100 years of Maternal & Child Health Nursing: 1917-2017' booklet for $10-15 per copy.