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106 Aussies are going global to explore new opportunities for Australia

Wednesday 30 November, 2016 


A select group of passionate and motivated people from across Australia will travel throughout the world over the next year in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence as recipients of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, and fulfil his wish to offer people from all walks of life, the opportunity to travel overseas to gain new knowledge and insights that can be practically applied in Australia to positively impact our communities and society at large.

With projects that push boundaries and ask challenging questions, 106 enthusiastic Australians have today been announced as the 2016 Churchill Fellows.

“Today marks 142 years since Sir Winston Churchill was born, however the projects that will be aided by his legacy are firmly focussed on the present and future,” said new CEO of the Churchill Trust, Mr Adam Davey.

"While our organisation, its namesake and this prestigious award may be steeped in history, we are proud that it still remains extraordinarily relevant.

“This year we received the highest number of applications for Fellowships since 1965 – an impressive result for an award that has now been offered for more than 50 years!

“This year, 106 people are being awarded Fellowships worth over $2.7 million in total, fully funding their travel for up to 8 weeks.

“But this award is about so much more than just numbers - the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and areas of interest of all of our applicants is the signature of the Churchill Fellowship.

“To have the opportunity to acknowledge and support so many talented Australians, who want to contribute so much to our society, is both a privilege and a thrill.

“Fellows will be sent from all States and Territories of Australia to the far corners of the globe, to investigate everything from bandicoots and bilbies, to complex physical rehabilitation technology, to managing waste tyres.

“The only prerequisites for becoming a Churchill Fellow is your drive to make a difference to your community and a good project that will allow you to do just that.

Churchill Fellowships have been awarded to 27 people from NSW, 23 from VIC, 15 from QLD, 15 from WA, 8 from the ACT, 8 from SA, 5 from TAS and 5 from the NT.

“While each Fellow proposes their project independently, it has been interesting to see broader themes of national importance coming through in the successful Fellowship applications,” said Davey.

“For example, a number of the 2016 Fellows will explore areas of sustainable practices, while others are investigating the advancement of LGBTI, and disability issues.

“Fellows will be looking at a wide variety of issues present in the Australian Indigenous community, and exploring best practice in medical research, education, emergency services and mental health.

“It is an extremely exciting time for these deserving Australians, who have taken grasp of the opportunity to expand their own knowledge for the benefit of our country,” Mr Davey said.

The full list of 2016 Fellows is below, for more information go to

Applications open again on 28 February 2017

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NEW SOUTH WALES – 27 Fellows

Ms Nicole Nathan, Adamstown: The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to identify effective strategies to support the implementation of physical activity programs in schools - USA, Canada

Dr Natasha Perry, Adamstown: To determine effective treatment programs for young people with complex substance use problems - New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Austria, Norway

Ms Lauren Booker, Alexandria: To identify two un-repatriated human remains and index overseas archived Indigenous cultural material - UK, USA

Miss Jane Hall, Artarmon: To improve Australia’s capacity to manage wildlife disease incidents - South Africa, UK, Canada, USA

Dr Margaret Wallen, Beecroft: To harness the expertise of international research centres respected for their partnership with consumers and apply the learnings to Cerebral Palsy research in Australia - Canada, USA, Netherlands, UK

Mr Jed Long, Bellevue Hill: The AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to research bamboo construction and treatment methods to develop Australia's bamboo industry - Indonesia, Colombia, Netherlands

Mrs Kate Cole, Birchgrove:To investigate best practice to prevent illness and disease in tunnel construction workers - Norway, Switzerland, UK, USA

Mrs Joanne Saccomani, Brogo: To explore new, effective ways to extend carpentry and woodworking skills to women and children - USA, Canada

Dr Helen Smith, Camperdown: To assist more people access, explore and enjoy natural places in Australia - Canada, UK, Germany, Austria

Miss Stephanie Woerde, Dee Why: The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to inspire best practice in the design/implementation of Language Nest-style programs in Australia - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Mr Rod Hannifey, Dubbo: The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellowship to improve heavy vehicle road safety in Australia by researching best practice in other countries - UK, USA, Canada

Ms Rachel Wotton, Erskineville: To review training programs for sex workers providing services to clients with disability - UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark

Ms Stephanie Wicks, Gladesville: The Dr Lena Elizabeth McEwan and Dame Joyce Daws Churchill Fellowship to investigate strategies utilised by burns units to optimise therapy for regional patients - France, Spain, USA

Mr Peter Havrlant, Glenfield Park/Wagga Wagga: The Jack Green Churchill Fellowship to identify production systems and carcass specifications to maximise value of male dairy calves - USA, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand

Ms Lucinda Freeman, Gordon: To gain a strong evidence base for counselling patients about whole genome testing - USA, UK

Miss Laura Vidal, Kearns: To develop innovative and best practice solutions to addressing forced marriage in Australia - Tibet, USA, Kenya, Canada, Sri Lanka, UK

Mrs Desilee Tait, Lane Cove: To research and deliver a direct and positive impact on high potential students across Australia - USA, Singapore

Mr Mark Robertson, Lennox Head: The Churchill Fellows' Association of New South Wales Churchill Fellowship to research how other organisations globally work with at-risk and street youth as a hip-hop school - USA, UK, South Africa

Ms Margy Green, Lilli Pilli: To research the benefits of engaging with families and carer's of patients in a high secure forensic hospital - New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Denmark

Dr Caitlin Weston, Merewether: To explore strategies that improve doctors' wellbeing, optimising their mental health and productivity - USA, Canada, Belgium

Mrs Jessica Cocks, New Lambton: To research innovative parent /family inclusion and partnership approaches in child welfare - USA, Canada, Norway, UK

Mr Damien Snell, Norfolk Island: To learn the traditional arts and language once practiced on Norfolk Island - Pitcairn Island, Tahiti

Mr Andrew Doyle, Pendle Hill: The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to learn how to make 18th Century clarinets for Australian clarinetists – UK

Ms Gemma Slack-Smith, Penrith: To investigate early intervention services for Aboriginal children - Canada, USA, New Zealand

Ms Isabelle Reinecke, Tamarama: To learn from international models that enable people to create systemic change through the courts - UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Canada, USA

Mr Brian Moir, Vaucluse: To ensure security guards possess the competencies to respond to violent and anti-social behaviour - USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy

Ms Avisa Jamshidi, Zetland: The Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship to improve the legislative framework within which money laundering matters are prosecuted - Italy, France, UK, Ireland, USA


VICTORIA – 23 Fellows

Ms Carly Nicole McDermott, Aberfeldie: To explore animal therapeutics in the rehabilitation of youth in the juvenile justice system - Germany, UK, USA

Ms Jennifer Beveridge, Alphington: To explore how innovation and collaboration can improve outcomes for people with eating disorders - Canada, USA, UK, Sweden

Miss Erin Roche, Brunswick: The Stuart and Norma Leslie Churchill Fellowship to accelerate and strengthen costume design practices in the Australian screen industry - Italy, USA, UK

Dr Georgina Whiting, Carlton North: To investigate strategies for improving access to primary healthcare services for homeless women - USA, UK, Belgium

Dr Doseena Fergie, Carrum Downs: To network, share and exchange knowledge with other Elders from Indigenous Nations around the world - Finland, UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand

Ms Taryn Lane, Castlemaine: To transition regional Australian towns to 100% renewable energy by learning from European examples - Germany, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, UK

Dr Prue Morgan, Caulfield South: To gain new knowledge regarding optimising physical function in adults ageing with cerebral palsy - Norway, Netherlands, Canada, USA

Ms Nicola Gunn, East Melbourne: The Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to research socially engaged and site-specific practices in contemporary performance - Austria, UK, USA

Mr Martin Harmer, Gordon: To ensure Australian farmers can make informed, risk and profit optimising pasture variety choices - UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Argentina, Uruguay

Mr Glenn Owen, Herne Hill: To study contemporary policing capabilities with a particular focus on tactical response models - USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany

Dr Bryan Leaw, Highett: The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to ascertain if amnion cells be used as a treatment for cerebral palsy - USA

Mr Paul Boys, Korumburra: To evaluate international models for the facilitation of trades based learning in a secondary school environment - Canada, USA

Mr Kevin White, Melton: To increase safety by removing, reducing and mitigating occupational violence in prisons and like facilities - Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Singapore

Ms Jane Rooney, Middle Park: To investigate contemporary conservative management programs for Anterior Cruciate knee injuries - Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, USA

Mr John Gaffney, North Warrandyte: To research the effects of vehicle lane changing on freeway capacity and road safety - Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Greece

Ms Catherine Plunkett, Reservoir: To investigate how multi-agency responses to family violence can generate positive systemic change - UK, USA

Mr Liam O’Keefe, Reservoir: To investigate the management and recycling of waste tyres to identify how we can better use this vast resource in Australia - USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, Singapore

Mr Jeremy Wiggins, Seddon: To ensure Australian farmers can make informed, risk and profit optimising pasture variety choices - UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Argentina, Uruguay

Mr Fergus McTaggart, St Kilda: To evaluate initiatives to maintain family and cultural connections in Indigenous child protection cases - New Zealand, USA, Canada, Denmark

Ms Lauren Oliver, St Kilda: To improve our ability to nurture the participation, knowledge and potential of vulnerable young people - UK, USA, Nicaragua, India, South Africa

Mr Edward Tudor, South Yarra: The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate programs that support the transition of young Indigenous or disadvantaged people to mainstream education - New Zealand, USA, Canada, Finland

Ms Julie Buxton, Toorak: To explore truth and reconciliation models to acknowledge cultural rights of Indigenous Australians - East Timor, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada

Ms Amanda Pagan, Yarraville: The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate the success of outcomes-based contracting in disability services - UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden


QUEENSLAND – 15 Fellows

Miss Jacqui Richards, Bushland Beach: To investigate the application of detection dog programs within the conservation sector - New Zealand, USA, UK

Associate Professor Jamie Seymour, Cairns: The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to increase the knowledge of rearing Box and Irukandji jellyfish in captivity - USA

Mr Kelvin Slade, Cashmere: The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to research legionella training and implement a course to educate plumbers on infrastructure treatment - USA, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, UK, Singapore

Mrs Michelle Johnston, Eatons Hill: To expand the understanding of marine reptile fossils of Queensland and enhance outback palaeo-tourism - Germany, UK, Canada, USA, Colombia, Ecuador

Ms Toni Craig, The Gap: To Identify world class strategies to improve outcomes for children at risk of offending - Finland, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Canada

A/Sergeant Ben Bjarnesen, Indooroopilly: To enhance police response to LGBTI domestic violence - UK, Canada, USA

Mr Ben Tolliday, Kangaroo Point: To undertake professional development in the field of film score recording and mixing - USA, UK

Dr Melissa Latter, Lutwyche: To establish a premier training and manufacturing site in translational radiopharmaceutical science - UK, Germany, Finland

Mr Cameron Mathews, Montville: To research and develop improved sustainability practices for high-end restaurants and food outlets - Spain, USA, Denmark, UK

Mr Justin Francis, Morningside: To analyse modern methods of evacuation from high-rise buildings and large structures - USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, UK, United Arab Emirates, Japan, China

Mr Kai Mcintyre, Newstead: The James Love Churchill Fellowship to research and master the rare craft of traditional restoration in coach-building and panel beating - Italy, UK, USA

Mrs Lisa Penrose-Herbert, South Brisbane: The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to explore models of integrated primary health care to improve Indigenous eye health - USA, Canada

Mr Michael Power, Wavell Heights: The Dorothy and Brian Wilson Churchill Fellowship to research innovations for improving the lives of victims of serious violence committed by people with a mental illness - USA, Canada, UK

Dr Robyn Grote, West End: The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to study methods for optimizing adult physical rehabilitation using 3-dimensional motion analysis in Specialist Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Care Centre - USA, UK, Germany, Spain

Dr Melanie Jansen, Woolloongabba: To enrich and inform development of paediatric clinical ethics services in Australia - Italy, UK, USA



Mr Timothy McLennan, Bassendean: To improve independence and access for people with a disability using innovative Assistive Technology - USA, Canada, UK, Sweden, Switzerland

Ms Cathryn Josif, Broome: The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to improve dementia services for remote dwelling Aboriginal people - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Mrs Fiona Donaldson, Canning Vale: To evaluate evidence-based resilience and prevention programs for use in emergency services - Canada, USA, UK

Mrs Jessica Gethin, Carine: The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to further develop the creative and directive roles as a conductor through international mentoring - UK, USA

Miss Belinda Cook, Fitzroy Crossing: To research the growing global Indigenous fashion industry to support a Kimberley textile industry - USA, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore

Ms Jane Pedersen, Fitzroy Crossing: The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to explore Canadian-based approaches empowering women and children to overcome intergenerational trauma - Canada

Mr Giles Pargin, Innaloo: To enhance understanding of Asian triad societies and the influence on Australian illicit drug markets - Hong Kong, Taiwan

Dr Ricki Smith, Lathlain: To articulate the benefits of reablement for older people to inform government implementation plans - New Zealand, UK, Denmark

Ms Sharon Gough, Mount Helena: The Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship to investigate programs for young people leaving care that prevent homelessness - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Ms Susan Gontaszewski, Mount Lawley: To investigate the implementation of online prescription monitoring programs - Canada, USA

Mr Caine Chennatt, Nedlands: To investigate inclusion and access programs for people with disabilities to engage with the arts - South Korea, Japan, USA

Dr Donna Cross, Shelley: The Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to enhance school and family awareness of young children’s developmental needs in online environments - USA

Mrs Beck Hefferon, South Fremantle: To investigate the application of physiotherapy to improve rehabilitation, quality of life and patient care after amputation - USA, Sweden, Germany, UK

Ms Angela O’Connor, Subiaco: The Churchill Fellows' Association of Western Australia Churchill Fellowship to establish the first 'Sheway' program for pregnant women with alcohol and other drug use – Canada

Dr Kenny Travouillon, Victoria Park: The Australian Biological Resources Study Churchill Fellowship to document the diversity of bandicoots and bilbies through time and space - UK, France, Germany, USA



Dr Tushara Wickramariyaratne, Bruce: To investigate models of psychological care for older transgender and gender diverse individuals - USA, Canada, Netherlands

Dr Jason Cummings, Cook: To explore innovative conservation Trust business models, partnerships, policy settings and community drivers to facilitate the adoption and tailoring of arrangements in Australia - UK

Ms Megan Gilmour, Hawker: To investigate education system models for maintaining school connection for seriously sick children - UK, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Canada

Mr Zack Bryers, Ngunnawal: The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to investigate the "Cure Violence" approach to reducing violence within at-risk communities - USA, Brazil

Mr Ian Drayton, Nicholls: To explore the use of creative arts to manage and promote recovery from Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - UK, USA

Dr Lindy Cayzer, Red Hill: The Australian Biological Resources Study Churchill Fellowship to unlock critical taxonomic information on the Pittosporaceae in overseas herbaria - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Netherlands, France, UK

Mr Anthony Walker, Rivett: The ACT Government David Balfour Churchill Fellowship to establish best practice models for firefighter peer-led workplace health and fitness programs - USA, Netherlands, Italy, UK

Ms Ruth Osborne, Watson: To research youth dance programs focused on career pathways, mentorship and creative collaborations – UK




Ms Lara Torr, Adelaide: To explore creative and pioneering disability access initiatives in the museum sector - UK, Spain, USA, Finland, Canada

Mrs Lainie Anderson, Bridgewater: To research the story of how pioneering South Australians won the 1919 Britain-Australia Air Race - USA, UK, France, Italy, Greece, India, Myanmar, Thailand

Mr William Rayner, Gilberton: The Churchill Fellows' Association of South Australia Churchill Fellowship to investigate alternative finance structures for Australian family farmers - USA, Canada, China

Mr Stewart Dodd, Golden Grove: To examine police methods to achieve a successful prosecution of domestic violence offenders - Canada, USA

Dr Kylie Johnston, Highbury: To learn new methods to manage chronic breathlessness using non-drug interventions - UK, Canada, USA

Miss Louise Kelly, Largs Bay: To research initiatives for reducing recidivism of (ex)offenders through supported reintegration and rehabilitation - Singapore, UK, Canada, USA

Ms Deanna Lush, Palmer: To investigate communication, education and engagement methods to improve understanding of agriculture - Canada, USA, UK

Ms Jennifer Cottrell, Wayville: The Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to explore innovative rheumatic heart disease prevention strategies and apply them to Australia - New Zealand, Turkey, South Africa, Kenya, Fiji


TASMANIA – 5 Fellows

Mr Adam James, Hobart: To study both age old and key new techniques in vegetable and legume fermentation - China, Japan, USA

Mr Michael Small, Mt Nelson: The Rodney Warmington Churchill Fellowship to identify the most effective ways to ensure buildings are accessible to people with disability - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland

Mr Edrei Stanton, Penna: To gain knowledge of historical and current cast stone technology - UK, Italy, USA

Mrs Lauren Black, South Hobart: To investigate how art stimulates engagement with medical, botanical and historical collections - UK, France, Italy

Ms Catherine Doherty, West Hobart: The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to investigate cost effective interventions to improve literacy outcomes of primary aged children - USA, UK, Ireland







Mr Ben Wall, Alice Springs: To learn traditional and modern production/processing techniques of dates and their by-products - Israel, Morocco

Mr Clement Ng, Alice Springs: To study mental health courts and other justice responses to youth with mental health issues - Canada, USA, New Zealand

Ms Jane Tonkin, Ludmilla: To explore innovative examples of arts complementing education and inspiring engagement with learning - Finland, UK, South Africa

Mrs Johanna Bell, Millner: To investigate methods that use personal storytelling to empower participants and strengthen communities - USA

Ms Phoebe Dixon, Yuendumu: To investigate how trauma-informed practices can support social, emotional and academic development - New Zealand, USA, Canada