Churchill Fellows Findings in 2019

17 Dec 2019

2019 Fellowship Reports

In 2019 we received 107 Churchill Fellowship reports exploring a wide range of issues, from increasing accesibility to public toilets to designing child-friendly high density neighbourhoods. Below is a complete list of Fellowship reports published on our website this year, grouped by different subject areas. 


Michelle Dival
(2017 | WA) - To study specialised building design of homes/work places for individuals on the autism spectrum - USA, France, Netherlands, Denmark, UK

Zoe Eather (2018 | QLD) - To accelerate the integration of "Smart Mobility" to enable more liveable Australian communities - USA, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, UK, South Africa 

Ebru Sumaktas (2017 | NSW) - To examine successful programs for the employment of people with disability in the open labour market - UK, Germany, USA

Katherine Webber (2018 | QLD) - The Rodney Warmington Churchill Fellowship to increase accessibility to public toilets by researching taboos, design, policy and legal barriers - Netherlands, Germany, UK, USA, Canada

Aged care

David Kidd
(2018 | VIC) - The Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to improve the quality of care of older people in our health system - USA 

Geoffrey Rowe (2018 | QLD) - The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to access world's best practice in preventing and responding to Elder Abuse in aged care and the community - UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand


Rachael Cruwys
(2018 | QLD) - The Samuel and Eileen Gluyas Churchill Fellowship to increase the domestic marketability of Brahman cattle through improved marketing and genetics - USA

Tim Roache (2017 | VIC) - The Jack Green Churchill Fellowship to modernise milk price models and manage price risk in the Australian dairy market - Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, New Zealand


Joanne Lane
 (2018 | NSW) - The Yulgilbar Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate appropriate methods for introducing kelp farming aquaculture to Australia - USA, Canada, Norway, UK, Ireland


Natalia Krysiak
(2018 | NSW) - To investigate best practice for designing child-friendly high density neighbourhoods - Singapore, China, Japan, Canada, UK


Emma Crimmings
(2015 | VIC) - To research innovative and successful artists residency programs to apply in an Australian context - Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, UK

Nicola Gunn (2016 | VIC) - The Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to research socially engaged and site-specific practices in contemporary performance - Germany, UK, USA

Jo Higgins (2018 | NSW) - To investigate different models of informal learning and youth-led engagement in arts organisations - USA, Canada

Christopher Hill (2018 | WA) - The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to research the unique creative process and relationship between a choreographer and their composer - UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Israel, USA

Jasmine Jan (2018 | NT) - To connect and inspire communities through paper sculpture projects that focus on wildlife conservation - Italy, Thailand, Singapore

Greg Jansen (2017 | NT) - To learn advanced snare drum techniques from leading educators in order to teach Northern Territory students - USA

Gwendolyn Knox (2017 | WA) - The Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to research theatre in post conflict communities and how it can inform my work in Indigenous communities - UK, Ireland, Indonesia

Sally McKenzie (2017 | QLD) - To research screenwriting tenets within playwriting contexts and institutions with playwriting courses - UK, Canada, USA

Veronica Neave (2017 | QLD) - The Stuart and Norma Leslie Churchill Fellowship to further my Shakespeare studies in order to become a distinguished Shakespearean performance teacher - UK, USA

Simone Slattery (2018 | SA) - The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to develop new specialised skills in historical violin performance as both performer and educator - Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Netherlands, UK

Dean Stevenson (2017 | TAS) - To better understand composers living and working from islands or isolated cities - Iceland, Estonia, UK, USA, New Zealand

Garry Stewart (2017 | SA) - To study the structure and function of choreographic centres in various international locations - India, France, Netherlands, UK, USA, Canada

Deborah Wace (2017 | TAS) - To develop artwork/fabric design from European botanical collections of French expeditions to Tasmania - UK, France, Italy


Toby Heap
(2017 | NSW) - To investigate and learn from startup accelerators and innovation ecosystems - Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, India, China, Singapore

Community Service

Natalie Walker
(2017 | VIC) - To explore peer support as a trauma-informed response to families of online child sex offenders - USA, New Zealand


Peggy McDonald
(2017 | NSW) - To advance and exchange our knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques - USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, South Africa


Rachel Scott
(2017 | NSW) - The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to bring international Reliability Engineering best practice to Australian Defence and industry - Singapore, Japan, UK, Germany

Digital Health

Jan Radford
(2017 | TAS) - The Department of Health Churchill Fellowship to investigate how routinely collected GP electronic medical record data can be used to improve patient care - UK, Netherlands

Angela Ryan (2017 | NSW) - To investigate methods for preventing patient harm through national digital health safety governance - UK, Canada, USA

Barbara Whitlock (2017 | ACT) - To adapt foreign GP clinical data collections to improve patient care, workforce wellbeing and cost - USA, Canada, UK


Paul Boys
(2016 | VIC) - To evaluate international models for the facilitation of trades based learning in a secondary school environment - Canada, USA 

Anastasia Glushko (2017 | NSW) - To investigate programs that support the transition of young people in foster care into university - UK, Hungary, Spain, USA

Robert Lawson (2017 | NSW) - To investigate transition programs from school to work for students with disability - USA, UK, Ireland, Greece

Katrina Marson (2018 | ACT) - The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to research new, practical and effective methods to prevent sexual violence through youth education - Germany, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA

Phil McGilvray (2018 | ACT) - The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to investigate innovative methods of equipping teenagers with essential financial skills for life - USA, Canada, UK

Sarah O'Shea (2017 | NSW) - To explore best practice in retaining students who are first-in-family to attend university - UK, Canada, USA

Emergency Services

Courtney Brown
(2018 | ACT) - Reducing implicit bias errors in police decision making, particularly in time-sensitive incidents - UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand

Timothy Day (2018 | VIC) - To examine the operating models of international homicide squads to build our national capability - Netherlands, UK, USA, Canada

Andrew Emery (2018 | TAS) - To review successful service models of firefighters providing emergency medical care to the community - Ireland, Canada, USA

Mark Goldspink (2018 | VIC) - To research worldwide practice to inform implementation of Victoria Police Offender Management Project - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland

Richard Owen (2018 | VIC) - To reduce occupational cancer exposures in firefighters through improved initial decontamination - USA, UK, Sweden

Emily Ragus (2018 | QLD) - The National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre Churchill Fellowship to investigate models for improved aeromedical retrieval standards in international disaster response - UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, USA

Gregory Toman (2018 | QLD) - To enhance overall safety to both rescuers and those requiring rescue in remote rescue situations - Canada, USA, UK, Austria, Italy, France


Sonja Braidner
(2018 | NSW) - To improve organisational inclusion and fully leverage the diversity employed in fire agencies - Japan, USA, UK, Iceland, Germany

Julie Reilly (2017 | VIC) - To identify more effective personal and institutional giving to women and girls - USA, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, UK

Debra Robertson (2017 | VIC) - To develop a workplace policing model which builds flexibility, fairness and equity - Ireland, UK, Iceland, Norway, USA

Jeremy Wiggins (2016 | VIC) - To investigate models of health service delivery to transgender and gender diverse populations - UK, Germany, USA, Canada, Thailand


Owen Churches
(2018 | SA) - To create fairness and accountability in the use of government decision making algorithms - UK, Belgium, Austria

Health and Medicine

Penelope Abbott
(2018 | NSW) - To research access to primary health care for people in contact with the criminal justice system - USA, Canada

Michael Bertoldo (2018 | NSW) - The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to develop cutting edge oncofertility options for Australian females - USA

Simon Corrie (2018 | VIC) - The Leslie (Les) J. Fleming Churchill Fellowship to undertake expert training in pre-clinical evaluation of implantable sensors for cancer diagnostics - USA

Catherine Cosgrave (2018 | VIC) - The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate new approaches to strengthen social connection of newly-arrived health workers in rural Australia - Canada

Kerryn Ernst (2018 | ACT) - To develop a model of care for nursing patients in Australia with a diagnosis of breast cancer - USA, Canada

Meredith Frearson (2018 | SA) - To improve women's sexual and reproductive health by optimising Intrauterine Device (IUD) usage - Sweden, UK, USA

Robert George (2017 | NSW) - To investigate keystone antimicrobial resistance surveillance initiatives of benefit to Australia - Switzerland, Sweden, UK, USA

Emily He (2017 | NSW) - The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to improve the effectiveness of bowel cancer screening in Australia using next generation testing - USA, UK

Li Li (2017 | QLD) - To develop a novel imaging-guided precision medicine for glioblastoma multiforme - China

Debbie Long (2018 | QLD) - To explore international PICU long term outcome services and practical management strategies - USA, Canada

James O'Brien (2017 | VIC) - The Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to research new content and electronic delivery of training for Prader-Willi Syndrome for city, regional and remote communities - USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, India

Margaret O'Connor (2018 | VIC) - The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to investigate palliative care and voluntary assisted dying - Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, USA, Canada

Jennifer Roy (2018 | QLD) - The Dr Lena Elizabeth McEwan and Dame Joyce Daws Churchill Fellowship to learn new techniques in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - USA

Catherine Swetenham (2017 | SA) - To successfully implement an End of Life care strategy for South Australia - UK, Ireland, Canada

Leigh Waddell (2017 | NSW) - To learn the latest genomic analytical tools for genetic diagnosis of rare neuromuscular disorders - USA

Deborah West (2017 | WA) - To explore aphasia therapies which optimise communication from hospital to home post stroke - USA, Finland, Denmark, Iceland

Lara Wieland (2017 | QLD) - The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to learn and apply lessons on how to recruit, retain and care for health professionals in rural health - Canada


Amy Jarvis
(2018 | ACT) - To advance the celebration and conservation of the mid-century modern heritage of Canberra - USA

Amanda Pagliarino (2018 | QLD) - To develop sustainable collection environment guidelines for Australian cultural organisations - USA, Singapore, China


Belinda Hazell
(2018 | TAS) - The Hort Innovation Australia Churchill Fellowship to investigate the use of horticultural QA standards to stay ahead of social license demands - New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Netherlands

Thomas Forrest (2018 | VIC) - To enhance the standard of medical cannabis cultivation in Australian licensed facilities - Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Denmark, Israel


Julie Blake
(2017 | SA) - To investigate successful resident participation strategies in neighbourhood renewal of public housing - UK, Ireland

Samantha Evans (2018 | QLD) - To investigate how shared equity can become a mainstream solution to housing affordability in Australia - UK, USA


Marina Brizar 
(2018 | NSW) - To foster positive impacts of migration by bridging the gap between humanitarian/ skilled visa pathways - Jordan, Lebanon, UK, Germany, Canada, USA

Stephanie Cousins (2017 | NSW) - To identify safe pathways for refugees and asylum seekers - Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada

Talia Stump (2018 | NSW) - To investigate strategies to support the secondary migration of refugees to regional and rural towns - Canada, USA, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden


Patricia Adjei
(2018 | NSW) - To investigate the protection of Indigenous cultural rights in Panama and the United States - Panama, USA, Switzerland 

Scott Falconer (2017 | VIC) - The Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship to create close partnerships with and jobs for traditional owners in fire and land management - USA, Canada

Farhana Laffernis (2018 | NSW) - To identify best practice for university careers services to support Indigenous students - Canada

Kathryn Morton (2017 | QLD) - To investigate and design new, innovative approaches to grow and market Indigenous tourism experiences - USA, Canada, New Zealand

Penelope Mules (2017 | NT) - The John Hartley Churchill Fellowship to investigate ways to increase employment of Indigenous women as rangers - India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, USA, Canada, Cook Islands, New Zealand


Josephine Cruickshank
(2017 | NT) - To investigate successful cycling policies and programs in regional centres and smaller cities - UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, France, Norway


Kavita Bedford
(2017 | NSW) - To combat violent extremism by exploring international 'alternative narrative' approaches - Germany, Belgium, UK, Turkey, Greece

Law and Justice

Aimee Cooper
(2018 | VIC) - To establish best practice for a regulatory framework to create equality through discrimination law - Sweden, UK, USA, Canada 

Paul Dore (2018 | VIC) - To develop a systemic approach to juror support programs in Australia - Canada, USA, UK

Andreea Lachsz (2018 | NT) - To investigate overseas practices of monitoring places of detention - Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Switzerland

Julie Morrison (2018 | VIC) - To study the use of dogs in court supporting vulnerable victims and witnesses giving evidence - USA, Canada

Clement Ng (2016 | NT) - To study mental health courts and other justice responses to youth with mental health issues - Canada, USA, New Zealand

Carolyn Nixon (2017 | NSW) - To research new, practical methods to fight law enforcement corruption by organised crime - Hong Kong, Austria, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Jorgen Gullestrup
(2017 | QLD) - To investigate and understand approaches to workplace suicide prevention and mental health globally - Switzerland, Denmark, France, Sweden, UK, USA, New Zealand

Tessa Neilson (2018 | NSW) - To investigate the mental health support resources available to young adult cancer patients - USA


Stephen Poropat
(2017 | VIC) - To explore the impact of continental drift and climate change on Southern Hemisphere dinosaur faunas - Argentina


Samuel Halliday
(2018 | TAS) - To investigate variances of international approaches to the regulation of medical cannabis - USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Israel

Angela Rintoul (2018 | VIC) - To investigate international lessons for public health policy and improved regulation of gambling - France, UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland


Jeremy Baldwin
(2017 | QLD) - To explore next generation cell processing techniques to advance Australian cell based therapeutics - Germany

Jamie Seymour (2016 | QLD) - The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to increase the knowledge of rearing Box and Irukandji jellyfish in captivity - USA, Japan


Gabrielle Kuiper
(2017 | NSW) - To investigate the regulation of clean, smart, customer-centric energy networks - USA, UK, Belgium, France, Germany

Bradford Mashman (2018 | TAS) - To investigate innovative European waste reduction models for dissemination in Tasmania - Belgium, Sweden, UK

Stuart Smith (2018 | WA) - To identify leading global practice in offshore renewable regulation for adoption in Australia - UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark

Eric Vanweydeveld (2018 | NT) - To investigate proven low-cost innovative water treatment solutions for regional & remote Australia - United Arab Emirates, Oman, Israel


Barry Russell
(2017 | NT) - The Australian Biological Resources Study Churchill Fellowship to undertake a re-evaluation of F.L Castelnau's type-specimens of Australian fishes in the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle - France, Belgium, UK


Marlene Kranz
(2017 | NT) - To research eco leather, sustainable design and further develop the 'Art of Shoemaking' - Netherlands, UK, Spain, Italy

Kip Mcintyre (2016 | QLD) - The James Love Churchill Fellowship to research and master the rare craft of traditional restoration in coach-building and panel beating - Italy, UK, USA

Andrew Simpson (2018 | NSW) - The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to gain knowledge of glass mold making for art, craft and industrial production - Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Finland

Paul Tunzi (2017 | WA) - To investigate advanced conservation techniques and the maintenance of historical keyboard instruments - UK, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium


Michael Holmes
(2018 | NSW) - The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practices to improve heavy vehicle safety in urban environments - UK, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, USA

Virtual Reality

Jessie Hughes
(2018 | QLD) - The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practices for virtual reality storytelling as a tool for social impact - Canada, USA, Germany, New Zealand

Youth and Welfare

Jon Haines
(2017 | WA) - To investigate global best practice character development strategies for adolescent males - Canada, USA, UK

Kelly Thompson (2018 | WA) - To examine care frameworks, stay duration and transition plans for children requiring Secure Care - New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Sweden

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