Nicole Turney Memorial Award

Nicole began working as a physiotherapist at Bendigo Base Hospital in 1990 and gradually moved into Intensive Care Unit senior roles at Bendigo, Box Hill and the Austin. She was an active committee member for Cardiorespiratory Group in Victoria.

In 1998 Nicole became very unwell and two weeks later passed away at the Austin Hospital. The Nicole Turney Memorial Award was set up in Nicole’s memory in 1999, open to Cardiorespiratory Group members of the Victorian Branch. In 2009 the Nicole Turney Memorial Award opened to all Cardiorespiratory Group members participating in short courses or professional development projects in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

Guidelines for applicants

The following criteria are considered when awarding the award:

  • the applicant must be a member of the Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy Australia or an APA rural member
  • the applicant must not be a recipient of previous research awards. This award is to provide opportunity to a clinician who is not currently established in research
  • the applicant must be undertaking a short course or professional development project, attending a conference, undertaking preliminary research or conducting a quality improvement project in an area of relevance to cardiorespiratory physiotherapy
  • the application must be relevant to future development or direction of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy
  • the short course, professional development project, conference or research must be relevant to improving knowledge and skills of the applicant in her or his field of interest
  • preference will be given to applicants with new ideas or projects, thereby expanding the focus of the cardiorespiratory group
  • the applicant must be willing to give a presentation, reporting on how the award money was used, at a group professional development event, as well as write a report for publication in InMotion, eNews or similar
  • the applicant will acknowledge the contribution of the award towards publications or other achievements as appropriate or relevant
  • the award money may be used to support clinical backfill for formal research, undertake a course, study or project (backfill for clinical time must be included in budget details of your application).

For more information and to apply, download the application form. Once completed, email to