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Nina Buscombe

“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.

The training, conference or seminar must have content that will help to improve the quality of services, management or research for people living with motor neurone disease.

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


All people with an interest in motor neurone disease may apply. Only two applicants from any one institution or employer will be eligible for consideration. Where more than two applications are received they will be returned for determination by the institution or employer. Any person who, as at 1 April 2018, has received 2 or more awards under this program in the past five (5) years will be ineligible. Applicants must agree to write and present a formal report on their attendance at the approved activity, with particular emphasis on the impact on people living with motor neurone disease. Recipients who do not submit a report will be ineligible to receive future support. 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 MNDRIA Awards or Grants for 2018 that include funding to attend the International Symposium must declare the MNDRIA 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.


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.


Must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Applications received by mail or fax will not be considered and not returned. No late applications will be considered.

Applications close 18 May 2018