Churchill Fellows Findings in 2018

14 Dec 2018

2018 Fellowship Reports

In 2018 we received 105 Churchill Fellowship reports exploring a wide range of issues, from the lost art of tinsmithing to "fake news". Below is a complete list of Fellowship reports published on our website this year, grouped by different subject areas. 


Amanda Pagan
 (2016 | VIC)
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate the success of outcomes based contracting in disability services - UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden

Helen Smith (2016 | NSW)
To assist more people access, explore and enjoy natural places in Australia - Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Finland

Michael Small (2016 | TAS)
The Rodney Warmington Churchill Fellowship to identify the most effective ways to ensure buildings are accessible to people with disability - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland

Lara Torr (2016 | SA)
To explore creative and pioneering disability access initiatives in the museum sector - UK, Spain, USA, Finland, Canada

Arts, Architecture and Trades

Kelvin Slade
 (2016 | QLD) 
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

Jed Long (2016 | NSW) 
The AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to research bamboo construction and treatment methods to develop Australia's bamboo industry - Indonesia, Colombia, Netherlands

Rebecca Morgan (2017 | QLD) 
The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to study the near lost art of Tinsmithing - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland

Edrei Stanton (2016 | TAS)
To gain knowledge of historical and current cast stone technology - UK, Italy, USA

Jane Tonkin (2016 | NT) 
To explore innovative examples of arts complementing education and inspiring engagement with learning - Finland, UK, South Africa

Joanne Saccomani (2016 | NSW) 
To explore new, effective ways to extend carpentry and woodworking skills to women and children - USA, Canada

Damien Snell (2016 | ET) 
To learn the traditional arts and language once practiced on Norfolk Island - Pitcairn Island, Tahiti

Ruth Osborne (2016 | ACT) 
To research youth dance programs focused on career pathways, mentorship and creative collaborations - UK

Nicholas Verso (2017 | VIC) 
To learn the process of leading television showrunners - USA, UK

Jessica Gethin (2016 | WA) 
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to further develop the creative and directive roles as a conductor through international mentoring - USA

Lauren Manuel (2017 | QLD) 
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to study the techniques and further develop my skills to become a high horn player - USA, Germany, UK

Kylie Johnson (2017 | QLD)
To study the Japanese art of Kintsugi and explore successful models of gallery spaces for ceramics - Japan

Ben Tolliday (2016 | QLD) 
To undertake professional development in the field of film score recording and mixing - USA, UK

Louise Devenish (2017 | WA) 
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to study European percussion music creation/performance, research methodologies and pedagogy - Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, Spain

Lauren Black (2016 | TAS) 
To investigate how art stimulates engagement with medical, botanical and historical collections - UK, France, Italy

Adam Hardcastle (2017 | SA) 
To learn how music-oriented regional festivals can be authentic, community-inclusive and sustainable - UK


William Feeney
 (2017 | QLD) 
To build a citizen-science program for understanding and conserving Queensland's unique avian biodiversity - South Africa, UK, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Canada 

Alexandra Campbell (2014 | NSW) 
To understand and prevent degradation of coral reefs - Fiji, USA, Brazil 



Desilee Tait
 (2016 | NSW)
To research and deliver a direct and positive impact on high potential students across Australia - USA, Singapore

Catherine Doherty (2016 | TAS) 
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to investigate cost effective interventions to improve literacy outcomes of primary aged children - USA, UK, Ireland

Megan Gilmour (2016 | ACT) 
To investigate education system models for maintaining school connection for seriously sick children - UK, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Canada

Robert Nairn (2017 | WA) 
To examine the impact of principal preparation programs in preparing leaders for the role of principal - Singapore, UK, Denmark, Norway, USA

Marcus Mulcahy (2017 | VIC) 
The Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to optimise digital technology learning and skills in primary schools - USA 

Food Production

Hazel MacTavish-West
 (2017 | TAS) 
To review state-of-the-art approaches to food innovation for value-added, convenient, healthy foods - Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland

Adam James (2016 | TAS) 
To study both age old and key new techniques in vegetable and legume fermentation - China, Japan, USA

Ben Wall (2016 | NT) 
To learn traditional and modern production/processing techniques of dates and their by-products - Israel, Palestine, Morocco, Jordan

Health and Medicine

Shannon Webber
 (2015 | QLD) 
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to train in the surgical procedure known as Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis - UK, Italy, Switzerland

Margaret Wallen (2016 | NSW) 
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

Lucinda Freeman (2016 | NSW) 
To gain a strong evidence base for counselling patients about whole genome testing - USA, UK

Kylie Johnston (2016 | SA) 
To learn new methods to manage chronic breathlessness using non-drug interventions - UK, Canada, USA

Melanie Jansen (2016 | QLD) 
To enrich and inform development of paediatric clinical ethics services in Australia - Italy, UK, USA

Susan Gontaszewski (2016 | WA) 
To investigate the implementation of online prescription monitoring programs - Canada, USA

Melissa Latter (2016 | QLD) 
To establish a premier training and manufacturing site in translational radiopharmaceutical science - UK, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Austria

Jane Rooney (2016 | VIC) 
To investigate contemporary conservative management programs for Anterior Cruciate knee injuries - Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, USA

Robyn Grote (2016 | QLD) 
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

Christopher Carty (2017 | QLD) 
To learn the latest 3D printing solutions for the treatment of children with bone deformities - USA, Belgium

Lisa O'Brien (2017 | VIC) 
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to gain new knowledge regarding 3D-printed hand prostheses - USA, UK, Netherlands

Geraldine McDonald (2017 | VIC) 
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to determine the feasibility of implementing a volunteer model of patient navigators in cancer care - USA, UK

Louis Wang (2015 | NSW) 
The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to explore optimal systems and partnerships to foster a local and national cardiac genomic network - USA

Anna Hilyard (2017 | WA)
To develop an internet treatment program for children with persistent pain in regional Australia - Sweden, UK, Canada, USA

Leigh Donovan (2017 | QLD)
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to identify and develop guidelines for best practice paediatric hospital bereavement care services - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa

Sarah Jamieson (2017 | SA)
The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to improve care and residential environments for people living with younger onset dementia - UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy

Avnika Ruparelia (2017 | VIC) 
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to investigate the molecular cues that drive age-related muscle wasting using Killifish - Germany

Indigenous Focus

Julie Buxton
 (2016 | VIC) 
To explore truth and reconciliation models to acknowledge cultural rights of Indigenous Australians - East Timor, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada

Lisa Penrose-Herbert (2016 | QLD) 
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to explore models of integrated primary health care to improve Indigenous eye health - USA, Canada

Adam Grover (2017 | TAS) 
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to investigate First Nations curriculum and pedagogy and apply the findings in the Tasmanian context - New Zealand, USA, Canada, Finland

Lauren Booker (2016 | NSW) 
To identify two un-repatriated human remains and index overseas archived Indigenous cultural material - UK, USA

Edward Tudor (2016 | VIC) 
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

Rita Cattoni (2017 | NT) 
To investigate convergent technology research for application in remote Indigenous media space - India, Canada, USA

Belinda Cook (2016 | WA) 
To research the growing global Indigenous fashion industry to support a Kimberley textile industry - USA, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore

Mehmet Mahmut (2017 | NSW)
To discover innovative methods for embedding Indigenous content and teaching into psychology degrees - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Michelle Deshong (2017 | QLD)
The James Love Churchill Fellowship to research and apply best practice on Indigenous governance and leadership models - USA, Canada, New Zealand

Justice and Equality

Louise Kelly
 (2016 | SA) 
To research initiatives for reducing recidivism of (ex)offenders through supported reintegration and rehabilitation - Singapore, Scotland, Canada, USA

Cherise Donovan (2017 | VIC) 
To investigate and research effective Drug Court initiatives - USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand

Katarina Palmgren (2017 | VIC) 
To explore the use of online dispute resolution to resolve civil disputes - Canada, USA, UK, Netherlands, France

Carly McDermott (2016 | VIC) 
To explore animal therapeutics in the rehabilitation of youth in the juvenile justice system - Germany, UK, USA

Steven Caruana (2017 | NSW) 
To enhance best practice inspection methodologies for oversight bodies with an Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture focus - UK, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Malta, Greece, New Zealand

Giles Pargin (2016 | WA) 
To enhance understanding of Asian triad societies and the influence on Australian illicit drug markets - Hong Kong, Taiwan

Avisa Jamshidi (2016 | NSW) 
The Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship to improve the legislative framework within which money laundering matters are prosecuted - Italy, France, UK, Ireland, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland

Dean Maddock (2017 | TAS) 
To witness sustainable prison projects in order to implement better work practices - USA, Canada

Julia Symons (2017 | VIC) 
To investigate elite sports environments that enable culturally diverse women to thrive - New Zealand, USA, UK

Amanda McCue (2017 | ACT) 
To improve military spouse career and employment assistance and outcomes in Australia - USA, Canada, UK

Brian Roche (2017 | QLD)
To investigate if supported decision making will reduce elder financial abuse in Australia - UK, Canada


Fiona Ewington
 (2017 | WA) 
To develop military doctrine on Maritime Trade Operations employment to protect trade interests - UK, Greece, Germany, Portugal, USA

Media and Communications

Deanna Lush
 (2016 | SA) 
To investigate communication, education and engagement methods to improve understanding of agriculture - Canada, USA, UK

Rafael Epstein (2017 | VIC) 
To ensure fake news and extremism don't distort debate while ensuring a diversity of voices - USA

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Jennifer Beveridge
 (2016 | VIC) 
To explore how innovation and collaboration can improve outcomes for people with eating disorders - Canada, USA, UK, Sweden

Caitlin Weston (2016 | NSW) 
To explore strategies that improve doctors' wellbeing, optimising their mental health and productivity - USA, Canada, UK

Greg Turner (2017 | QLD) 
To gain knowledge to further support the mental health of refugees settling in Australia - USA, Canada, Sweden, Germany, UK

Larissa Meysner (2017 | WA) 
To investigate and learn how to best treat post-traumatic stress disorder in a residential setting - Netherlands, UK, USA

Felicity Zempilas (2017 | WA) 
To achieve best practice in the Western Australian Mental Health Court - USA

Greg Dean (2017 | VIC) 
To investigate early intervention in mental illnesses for serving police and peer support for former police employees - USA, Canada, UK

Fiona Donaldson (2016 | WA) 
To evaluate evidence based resilience and prevention programs for use in emergency services - Canada, USA, UK

Margy Green (2016 | NSW)
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

Netanela Mizrahi (2017| NT)
The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to examine the impact of music-based interventions for communities that experience significant trauma - USA, Ireland


Caroline Butler-Bowdon
 (2017 | NSW) 
To investigate the best new global models of visitor accessibility and experience at heritage sites - UK, Denmark, USA, Canada

Michelle Johnston (2016 | QLD) 
To expand the understanding of marine reptile fossils of Queensland and enhance outback palaeotourism - Germany, UK, Canada, USA, Colombia, Ecuador


John Gaffney
 (2016 | VIC) 
To research the effects of vehicle lane changing on freeway capacity and road safety - Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Greece

Scott Turner (2017 | QLD) 
To research air traffic procedures leading to airspace redesign at major Australian airports - France, Netherlands, UK, USA, Canada

Rod Hannifey (2016 | NSW)
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


Michael Power
 (2016 | QLD) 
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

Catherine Plunkett (2016 | VIC) 
To investigate how multi-agency responses to family violence can generate positive systemic change - UK, USA

Zack Bryers (2016 | ACT) 
The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to investigate the "Cure Violence" approach to reducing violence within at risk communities - USA, Brazil

Rebecca Sng (2017 | NSW) 
To investigate international programs supporting parenting following family and domestic violence - USA, UK

Yasmin Khan (2017 | QLD) 
To look at best practice methods to support victims of domestic violence from the Indian subcontinent - Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Canada, USA

Jacinta Evans (2017 | ACT) 
To investigate best practice in managing violent behaviour in schools including preventative programs - Canada, Finland, UK, Ireland

Stewart Dodd (2016 | SA) 
To examine police methods to achieve a successful prosecution of domestic violence offenders - Canada, USA

Ben Bjarnesen (2016 | QLD) 
To enhance police response to LGBTI domestic violence - UK, Canada, USA

Bianca Handyside (2017 | VIC) 
To investigate the role of women in violent Islamist extremism - USA, Canada, Netherlands, France, UK

Waste Management

Liam O'Keefe
 (2016 | VIC) 
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

Sarah May (2017 | ACT) 
The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to research international models for reducing food waste - New Zealand, UK, Denmark, USA, United Arab Emirates

Helen Millicer (2017 | VIC) 
To increase recycling and reprocessing of plastics in Australia - UK, Belgium, Germany, Singapore

Youth and Welfare

Jessica Cocks
 (2016 | NSW)
To research innovative parent /family inclusion and partnership approaches in child welfare - USA, Canada, Norway, UK

Peter Cursley (2017 | ACT) 
To gather knowledge to expand the successful and unique model of the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation - UK, Netherlands, New Zealand

Alasdair Roy (2015 | ACT) 
To examine the characteristics of successful child safe/child friendly policy and practice - Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Donna Cross (2016 | WA) 
The Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to enhance school and family awareness of young children's developmental needs in online environments - USA

Phoebe Dixon (2016 | NT) 
To investigate how trauma-informed practices can support social, emotional and academic development - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Melissa Kaltner (2015 | NSW) 
To understand the role of adoption in creating stability for children unable to live safely at home - Finland, Sweden, Norway, UK, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia

Paul Reynolds (2017 | ACT) 
To reduce incidents of drowning particularly amongst young children - Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Philippines, New Zealand

Mark Robertson (2016 | NSW) 
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

Toni Craig (2016 | QLD) 
To Identify world class strategies to improve outcomes for children at risk of offending - Finland, Sweden, Denmark, UK, Canada 

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