• The Elizabeth Fearon Scholarship is an annual endowment provided by The Royal Children's Hospital League of Former Trainees and Associates to support the integration of research processes into nursing practice at RCH to support improved outcomes for paediatric patients.

    The scholarship is awarded in memory of Elizabeth Fearon who commenced her training at RCH in 1948 and was a ward sister in hospital at Pelham Street Carlton and was instrumental in the opening of the first Day Surgery Unit in 1977. Elizabeth was greatly respected not only for her kindness, but her wisdom and learning. This scholarship is given in her name as an appropriate memorial to her legacy.

    The scholarship is available to current RCH nurses and advertised through the Nursing Research Team. Nursing Research : Scholarships and research funding


    Donations are tax deductible.

    EFT – Electronic funds transfer

    ACCOUNT: Royal Children's Hospital
    NAME: League of Former Trainees
    BANK: Commonwealth BANK – CBA
    BSB: 063 113
    ACCT 10134344

    Please use the first three letters of your surname ad the first 3 letters of your give name as a reference.


    Cheque payable to:

    RCH LOFT & Assoc
    PO BOX 7163
    Hawthorn North
    Vic 3122

    Scholarship recipients


    Belinda Tominc, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Youth Health Immunisation Outreach.
    Project – Outreach nursing: Improving immunisation access for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


    Chantelle Di Gregorio, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Children’s Cancer Centre
    Project – Bone Marrow Transplantation Nursing Orientation


    Lauren Jorgensen, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Recovery.
    Project – Management of patients requiring isolation in the perioperative department


    Tara Doyle, Associate Nurse Unit Manager/Clinical Nurse Specialist for Butterfly Ward.
    Project – Enhancing Breastfeeding Support and Promotion


    Melissa Maxey, ANUM for Dolphin
    Project – Reducing harm and pressure areas to hands caused by mitten restraints: A simple nursing innovation


    Brenda Savill, NUM for Wallaby HITH
    Project – Unplanned EOC from the RCH HITH program; who is coming back?


    Amy Johansen, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Rosella PICU
    Project – Evaluation of an ECLS nurse-led anticoagulation protocol


    Charlie Bowes, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Aggression Management.
    Project – Identification of precipitating factors in clinical aggression and violence in paediatrics.


    Sacha Petersen, Clinical Nurse Consultant for Intrathecal baclofen
    Project – Assessment of overnight carte and comfort needs of children with Cerebral Palsy compared with typically developing children.


    Helen Jowett, Nurse Manager for Trauma Service
    Project – Advancing spinal cord injury nursing knowledge.