Friday, June 7, 2013

Girl Child Education Fund - Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear

The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition is a proud supporter of the Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF). The GCEF, a signature initiative of Florence Nightingale International Foundation, supports the primary and secondary schooling of girls under the age of 18 in developing countries whose nurse parent or parents have died. Your donation to the Girl Child Education Fund will go towards school fees, uniforms, shoes and books.

The School recently donated $1000 to the GCEF at the recent Florence Nightingale Luncheon at the International Council of Nurses Congress in Melbourne, which raised over $20,000 in donations for the fund.

You can support the fund by purchasing a Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear. This beautiful fully jointed teddy bear has been hand made with care by the Great British Teddy Bear Company. Florence is 34cm tall and wears a miniature of the blue and white dress once worn by ‘Nightingale nurses’, and carries a replica of her famous lamp. Her khaki canvas bag holds three little bandages so that she can nurse any injured toys she meets as she travels the globe raising valuable funds for the GCEF.

The ICN FNIF Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear is being sold in support of the GCEF, which provides for the primary and secondary schooling of the orphaned daughters of nurses in developing countries, paying for school fees, uniforms, shoes and books. To order your Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear, please go to

CWAA Rural and Remote Area Primary Health Care Nursing Grant closing 30 June

Each year the CWAA offers the Country Women’s Association of Australia’s Rural and Remote Area Primary Health Care Nursing Grant.  The grant has been created to support a rural nurse or midwife in their continuing professional development, and is a funding program which the CWAA is most proud of.

The amount of the grant is determined each year by the State Member Associations of the CWAA and is based on the nature of the study of the successful grant applicant.

Grant applicants must address the following criteria in their submissions:
  • Be an enrolled, registered nurse or midwife who currently works in a rural setting
  • Have an interest in and knowledge of issues specific to women and children in rural Australia
  • Provide a current CV with two nursing referees.
  • Submit a written (500 word) report will be required by the CWAA.
For further information and to download the CWAA Rural and Remote Area Primary Health Care Nursing Grant Application Form visit

Monday, June 3, 2013

Scholarships and Funding Opportunities for Studies

The Australian College of Nursing [ACN] is the administrator of scholarships funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. Scholarships are open to all eligible applicants and it is not necessary to be an ACN member to apply. Please visit the ACN website at for information on scholarships that are available.

Many universities and private organizations also offer scholarship and award opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. For an extensive search of scholarships and awards offered nationally please visit the MyFuture website at