CENA is keen to recognise the great work of colleagues and therefore has established a number of annual awards and scholarships to acknowledge those nurses and teams that are making a notable contribution to emergency care.

CENA Grants & Scholarships

Emergency nursing is a distinct speciality that encompasses the management and treatment of patients in emergency situations, across all age groups and conditions, from minor illnesses and injuries, to trauma and disasters.  Education, training and research are vital in enabling emergency nurses to provide safe, high quality emergency care.  The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia grants and scholarships provide support to its Members and Fellows seeking to improve clinical practice, healthcare delivery and obtain a higher level of education and professional development.

Nominations for 2019 CLOSED

Emergency Departments are busy and dynamic places to work. There are emergency department teams across Australia which have made substantial improvement to their service, have endured considerable challenge, implemented innovative solutions to problems and contribute to emergency care as leaders. If you think that your emergency department team is a team such as this then nominate them for the CENA Australasian Emergency Department of the Year Award. Read More
There are many emergency nurses who work tirelessly providing high standards of care, advocating for their patients, educating their colleagues, contributing to the evidence base and promoting the specialty. This award is designed to recognise those nurses. You are all encouraged to nominate an emergency nurse that you consider is exceptional for the CENA Australasian Emergency Nurse of the Year Award. Read More
The Julie Finucane OAM Medal for Leadership in Emergency Nursing is the highest honour of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd. It was established in 2009 in recognition of the College’s Inaugural Executive Director, Ms Julie Finucane OAM RFD. The Award is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of emergency nursing, and to the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. Read More
The purpose of the New Investigator Research Grant is to provide funds for emergency nurses embarking on research to expand emergency nursing science and knowledge, patient safety and quality of emergency care. Award Amount: $4,000 Read More
The purpose of this Grant is to foster and support innovative approaches to an existing problem or issue with the focus of improving patient-centred emergency care, enhancing safety and/or patient experience. Award Amount: $2,000. Read More
The Philippa Moore Publication Prize was established by the Emergency Nurses Association of Victoria to honour a highly respected colleague who made a substantial contribution to emergency nursing in Victoria. She was an active member of the Emergency Nurses’ Special Interest Group and the Emergency Nurses Association of Victoria, a positive mentor, a motivated teacher and highly committed to advancing the speciality of emergency nursing. Sadly, Philippa died in 2003 after a short illness. CENA recognises the importance of publication to the practice and scholarship of emergency nursing and continues this legacy to an advocate for emergency nursing. The CENA Philippa Moore Publication Prize is an award of up to $500 designed to reward and encourage CENA members to publish articles that are relevant to emergency nursing. Read More
The Elaine Killeen Continuing Professional Development Scholarship is the first memorial scholarship by the College in recognition of the outstanding contribution made by Elaine Killeen to emergency nursing education. The purpose of the Elaine Killeen Continuing Professional Development Scholarship is to provide funds to those Members and Fellows of the College to support their continuing professional development (CPD) as an Emergency Nurse.  Read More

Conference Awards

There are a number of scientific awards conferred at the conference to papers and posters in several categories. All papers and posters presented at the conference are peer reviewed by a panel against the criteria set for each award and the winners are announced during the closing session of the conference.

Each year the following awards are presented:

  • CENA Best Paper 1 and Best Paper 2
  • CENA Best Poster 1 and Best Poster 2
  • Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine Best Rural Paper
  • Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine Best Metropolitan Paper


Honour Boards