Heart Place

Heart Place Scholarships

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2020 Heart Place Scholarships!

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2020 Heart Place Scholarships.


The goal of the Heart Place scholarship program is to foster the development of Change Management capability in charities and not-for-profit organisations to support their mission to achieve positive social change. The recipients will each receive a fully funded scholarship to attend the Prosci Change Management Certification Program in Australia or New Zealand.


Thank you to everyone who applied. This year we had more applications than we have ever received. Given the outstanding nature of the projects on which applicants will apply their Prosci tools, knowledge and skills, we have awarded 6 scholarships rather than 5 for next year.


Our Heart Place Scholarship Recipients for 2020 are:

2020 Heart Place Scholarships Recipients

Mary Sinclair Jones

Mary Potter Hospice

Wellington, NZ

The Last Days of Life Community Care project will provide a specialist Hospice delivered palliative care service to the Wellington Community which would enable patients to die in their own home and give their families/whānau palliative care assistance especially overnight.

Kelly Hansen

Nova for Women and Children

Newcastle, New South Wales

The Lake Macquarie change project will:

  • improve and expand service delivery, ultimately replicating and building on the successful Newcastle Hub for women and children
  • provide better access to assistance and outreach
  • promote more collaboration between the services in Lake Macquarie and build capacity to engage the general public on issues that create the risk of homelessness for women and children
  • promote community events on Domestic and Family Violence and encourage the support of the community.

Peter Adams

Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

The overall purpose of the change project is to ensure Regional Australians have increased access to Melanoma services.

This project will deliver a model for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) to engage with Regional Australian communities; which in turn creates opportunities to seek more support from the States and Federal Government for increased funding to fight Melanoma. 

For the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust, the project will more than double the current level of Melanoma services we currently provide to the Riverina community for free.

The end game for the Trust and MIA is "zero deaths from melanoma".


Fiona Leon

Lifeline Australia


Lifeline Text allows Australians to receive crisis support and suicide prevention services via text (SMS) message. After a successful service pilot, Lifeline Australia is looking to further develop text-based support to parallel the flagship 13 11 14 phone service to ensure no Australian has to face their darkest moments alone.

Jenny Griffiths

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Hunter region, New South Wales

Cerebral Palsy Alliance will provide supported accommodation services for 24 new Group Homes.  120 clients with complex disabilities currently living in large residential disability centres in the Hunter operated by the NSW government will move into these new Group Homes. Cerebral Palsy Alliance will work with the clients, their carers and families to ensure a smooth transition from their current institutional setting and support them to lead meaningful lives residing in their local community.


Anne Butcher

Mackay Women’s Services

Mackay, Queensland

The change project will provide a strengthened service and will:

  • reduce wait time to see women’s, children’s and adolescent counsellors
  • reduce wait time to see sexual assault counsellors
  • improve rapid response services for vulnerable women and children
  • improve existing women’s health, parenting and wellbeing programs
  • develop training programs in the community to raise awareness and respond to domestic and family violence and sexual assault
  • improve counselling models supported by evidence and best practice.