Clare Morley received the Nell Espie Study Grant in 2017 to enable her to attend the 6th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference and present a research paper as part of her PhD.

Her research saw her investigating the factors driving emergency department (ED) presentations in Tasmania. Her research identified a link between increased ED utilisation by the elderly in the South of Tasmania and patient-perceived access to care in the community for the management of chronic conditions.

Her attendance and presentation at the conference benefited her and her research in many ways. The presentation was very well received, with a number of international experts offering advice on how she could improve the next stages of her research project. She also made a number of connections with Australian and international nursing academics that she remains in contact with today.

Claire said: “Being a successful award recipient made a huge difference to me and my studies. Thank you.”