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Nina Buscombe Awards

27th Annual Nina Buscombe Awards 2023

Applications closed.
The Nina Buscombe Awards or “Nina’s” celebrate the contribution and commitment demonstrated by Nina Buscombe to improve services, management and research for people with motor neurone disease through travel, training and conference attendance. 

The Award is presented and administered by MND Victoria and is intended to fund attendance at training, conferences or seminars within Australia or overseas.

In 2023, we are encouraging applications to support attendance at:

  • The 2023 11th National MND Australia Care Conference to be held in Melbourne on 28th August, 
  • MND Research Australia National Research Symposium in Wollongong on the 17-18th Nov,
  • The 2023 International ALS/MND Alliance Allied Health Professionals Forum and/or Research Symposium to be held in Basel and online in December 2023.

Awards are made to individuals. Multiple Awards will be offered. Awards will not exceed the cost of attendance. The Award comprises a letter and a payment. The value of each Award will be fixed based on projected cost of travel, accommodation and registration submitted by the applicant. The value of awards may be reduced to facilitate more attendees.


All people with an interest in motor neurone disease may apply.

Priority will be given to:

  • health and allied health professionals working with people living with MND, including palliative care
  • final year PhD students and early post doc researchers.

Employees of Australian MND associations are not eligible to apply.

Basis of Selection

Applicants must support their application with a statement outlining how attendance at the event might impact on people living with MND. There is no application form. Application must include a budget and not exceed 2 pages – no attachments or publication lists. Applicants must identify other sources of funding attained or sought. Recipients of MNDRA Awards or Grants for 2023 that include funding to attend the International Symposium must declare the MNDRA funding. Applicants may be requested to attend a short interview. Awards may be awarded, or not awarded, at the discretion of the Association.

Application of Funds

The Award may be used to subsidise travel, attendance fees, or other costs associated with attendance. Funding may not meet all costs.


A requirement to present to the Association a written report within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the event is part of the Award agreement. The report will address the nature of the event, specific learning, impact on people with MND, take home knowledge and promotion/translation to practice. Recipients who do not submit a report will be ineligible to receive future support.

Applications closed.