2015 '50th Anniversary' Churchill Fellows

View the National Media Release 19 June 2015

The following 109 talented Australians are officialy confirmed as the 2015 recipients of a Churchill Fellowship:

South Australia 

Dr Marion Eckert Camden Park SA
The Leslie (Les) J. Fleming Churchill Fellowship to gain knowledge to develop a cancer survivorship monitoring tool for South Australia - Austria, Netherlands, UK

Ms Donna Mayhew Black Forest SA
To investigate inter-agency information sharing practice and protocols and their effect on safeguarding - UK, Canada

Ms Necia Mickel Stonyfell SA
To investigate the role of built and landscape environment in improving well-being and recovery outcomes for veterans suffering stress including Post Traumatic Stress - Germany, Netherlands, UK, Canada, USA

Ms Penelope Griggs Coromandel Valley SA
To investigate exceptional visual arts events that attract tourism and opportunities for local artists - UK, Austria, Spain, Italy, France

Ms Heather Smith Adelaide SA
To identify robust governance structures in community energy schemes - Japan, Germany, Denmark, UK, USA

Mr Tyson Grubb Rostrevor SA
To investigate the use of low cost drones for improving environmental research with reduced funding - China, USA, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, UK

Ms Jodie Zada Thebarton SA
To study family inclusive programs in the mental health treatment of Defence force members - USA, Canada

Ms Gina Dal Santo Mawson Lakes SA
The Churchill Fellows' Association of South Australia Churchill Fellowship to develop a national centre for cheese education creating a paddock-to-plate Artisan Cheese Industry - USA, France, UK

Dr Edward Bullitis North Brighton SA
To investigate services and practices relevant to homeless individuals exhibiting premature ageing - Canada, USA, UK, Ireland


Western Australia

Dr Greg Henry Scarborough WA
To investigate how modern fire dynamics theories influence highrise firefighting tactics and procedures - Singapore, UK, Sweden, UK, USA

Dr Kim Friedman North Beach WA
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to understand the management effectiveness of our natural marine assets on a regional scale - Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, China

Ms Caroline Langston Northam WA
To improve access to aged and demential care in small rural communities - Netherlands, Denmark, UK, Canada

Professor David Mackey Subiaco WA
The Kevin Bell Churchill Fellowship to evaluate recruitment, treatment and monitoring of patients having gene therapy for Inherited Retinal Diseases - UK

Mr Dave Stevens Wanneroo WA
To address root causes of disengagement of 'at-risk' students with reference to family dysfunction - USA, Canada, UK

Mrs Sarah Janali North Perth WA
To investigate municipal policies/programs that enhance the integration of migrant and refugee communities - Canada, USA, Belgium, Germany

Ms Rebecca Prince-Ruiz South Fremantle WA
To investigate innovative programs of raising awareness, management and solutions to plastic pollution - USA, Netherlands, UK, Hong Kong

Mr Troy Kirkham Palmyra WA
To investigate innovative and inclusive retention strategies for youth participants in community sport - Canada, USA, UK

Mrs Jacqui Hamblin Mount Barker WA
The Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to investigate sustainable and successful models of Full Service Schools - USA, Canada, UK

Mrs Fiona Walker Mt Nasura WA
The Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to explore how findings in neuroscience can optimise student outcomes in Australian primary schools - UK, USA

Ms Felicity Horrocks Como WA
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship to examine innovative programs to reduce homelessness and housing stress for low income families - UK, USA, Canada

Mr Benjamin Martin Cottesloe WA
To examine the media's role in public campaigns to change citizens' behaviour and improve communities - UK, Germany, Sweden, USA

Mr Jamie Brady South Perth WA
The AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to better manage the interface between industrial development and expanding residential communities - UK, Netherlands, France, Canada, USA, Singapore



Mr Murray Robinson Ascot Vale VIC
To examine trauma-informed models of youth detention - USA, Norway, Netherlands

Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon Richmond VIC
The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to examine innovative legal responses to intimate homicide - UK, USA, Canada

Mr Nick McKenzie Melbourne VIC
To improve Australia's fight against bribery of foreign officials and asset seizure regime - USA, UK, Ireland

Ms Karrina Nolan Brunswick VIC
To enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's leadership capacity and engagement in community and civic life - Canada, USA

Mr Tom Noble South Yarra VIC
The Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to improve the awareness, availability and use of Automatic External Defibrillators - Netherlands, Denmark, UK, USA

Mr Jim Pavlidis East Melbourne VIC
To explore the latest developments in combining modern techniques with stone lithographic printmaking - France

Dr Jane Melville Reservoir VIC
The Australian Biological Resources Study Churchill Fellowship to advance Australian taxonomic research by integrating genomics and micro-CT with traditional techniques - Germany, Austria, Sweden, UK

Mr Stefano Scalzo Eltham North VIC
To research the design of high amenity mental health facilities built over multiple levels - Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, USA, Canada

Ms Pamela Ross Surrey Hills VIC
To investigate driving simulator use in assessment and rehabilitation of disabled and older drivers - Netherlands, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada

Ms Claire Seppings Castlemaine VIC
To study the rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners/offenders as peer mentors in reintegration models - UK, Ireland, Sweden, USA

Ms Mary Delahunty Elsternwick VIC
To investigate campaigns for gender equity reforms in international retirement systems - Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, USA, Chile

Ms Erin Bromfield Flemington VIC
To study approaches to assessing gender-based claims for refugee status put forward by women - UK, Belgium, USA, Indonesia

Mr Steven Wells Montmorency VIC
To research the development, use and management of therapeutic gardens within healthcare settings - Singapore, UK, USA

Mr Simon Lewis Blackburn VIC
To explore short term live-in intensive models for intellectually disabled students - Canada, USA, Peru

Ms Deanne Riddington Richmond VIC
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to build upon the pilot Aboriginal Graduate Nurse Program at St Vincent's Hospital - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Mr David Barnard Williamstown VIC
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to undertake professional development as a Head of Music and Opera Repetiteur - Germany, France, Italy

Dr Phoebe-Anne Mainland Hawthorn West VIC
To enhance the safety of Australian patients by reducing misconnections between medical devices - UK, USA

Ms Michelle Enbom Point Cook VIC
To learn new ways to manage intellectually disabled offenders including transition to the community - Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, UK, USA

Ms Jacqueline Anders Brunswick VIC
The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate effective approaches to re-engaging youth offenders with education - Denmark, UK, USA

Dr Thomas Duff Kilmore VIC
The Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship to investigate examples of extreme fire behaviour to improve the Australian bushfire model - UK, Portugal, USA

Mr Jonathan Craven Sale VIC
To investigate effective recycling of urban and agricultural wastes to provide positive outcomes for agriculture - Israel, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, UK, USA, Canada

Ms Emma Litleton Melbourne VIC
To investigate ways in which medicinal cannabis is regulated for the treatment of seriously ill children - USA, Netherlands, Spain, Italy

Ms Emma Crimmings Abbotsford VIC
To research innovative and successful artists residency programs to apply in an Australian context - Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, UK



Mrs Helen Therese Good Corinda QLD
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to explore innovative ways for a chamber orchestra to enrich the broader community - USA, UK, Norway, Austria

Dr Anna Francis Nundah QLD
To start a transition programme for teenagers and young adults with kidney transplants in Queensland - UK, USA

Ms Donisha Duff Morningside QLD
The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to investigate chronic kidney disease programs for Aboriginal First Nations people - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Mr Robert Zilli Holland Park West QLD
The James Love Churchill Fellowship to study traditional picture frame making techniques, research and document 19th Century picture frames - UK

Mr Dwayne Honor Thabeban QLD
The Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet Churchill Fellowship to research the impact and key learnings from extreme Storm Surge events on coastal communities - Philippines, USA

Dr Andrew Norris Bracken Ridge QLD
To increase fisheries productivity in Australian reservoirs to improve angling and regional economies - USA

Mrs Kelly Hopewell Mermaid Waters QLD
To investigate the emergent sludge pre-treatment and stabilisation - USA, Chile

Ms Narelle Dickinson Annerley QLD
To investigate the implications and risks to Australian families considering CrossBorder Surrogacy - Russia, India, Mexico, USA

Mr Peter Denham Annerley QLD
To research how a city museum can be a participant in the life of the city - Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK, USA, Canada

Dr Shannon Webber Bundall QLD
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to train in the surgical procedure known as osteoodontokeratoprosthesis - UK, Italy, Austria

Ms Karen Collas Camooweal QLD
To examine the role and scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners in remote areas with universal health care - UK, Greenland, Canada

Dr Phillip Good Corinda QLD
The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to integrate research and clinical practice in Palliative Care - Canada, UK

Ms Doon McColl Walkamin QLD
To investigate North American Voluntary Environmental Programs to inform reef stewardship models - Canada, USA

Ms Corrine McMillan Runcorn QLD
To investigate how governments prepare educational leaders for contexts of increased autonomy - Singapore, Finland, France

Dr Angela Plunkett Annerley QLD
The Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet Churchill Fellowship to develop a model of palliative care services for homeless and vulnerably housed people in Australia - Canada, USA

Mr Robert Murphy Highfields QLD
The Lamington National Park Churchill Fellowship to assess the role of private organisations in the delivery of National Park conservation management - USA, Netherlands, South Africa

Mr Rafael Karlen Gelli Paddington QLD
The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to undertake study in contemporary music composition, performance and ensemble directing - USA, UK, Belgium, Denmark, Norway

Ms Rosetta Cook Red Hill QLD
To research teaching innovations in tango and contemporary dance for adults of all levels of experience - UK, France, Germany

Mrs Sandra Lascelles Bargara QLD
The Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to explore factors for the participation of Indigenous families in accessing early childhood programs - Canada, USA

Ms Rosslyn Monro Enoggera QLD
To investigate how the community legal sector can be sustainable by pro-actively diversifying funding streams - USA

Mr Damien Barry Northgate QLD
To initiate the development of a domestic violence prevention program for teenage boys - USA, Kenya, South Africa

Northern Territory

Mr David Taylor Coconut Grove NT
To research models of commercial culinary training/social enterprises for disadvantaged people - Singapore, USA

Mr Timothy Cole Alice Springs NT
To research Austronesian culture to inform Indigenous music recordings and cultural protocols - Madagascar, Guam, Taiwan, USA, New Zealand

Mrs Rikki Garstone Humpty Doo NT
To research training and preparation techniques for high-level competition in rodeo timed events - USA, Canada

Mr Andrew Warton Parap NT
The Australian Institute of Management Churchill Fellowship to investigate emergency service volunteer community engagement to build community resilience - USA, Japan, New Zealand

Ms Jennifer Lorains Larrakeyh NT
The Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to understand effective ways to use early childhood data with Indigenous communities - Canada, USA, UK


Australian Capital Territory

Dr Trevor Rapson Canberra ACT
To engineer nitric oxide breath sensors to assist in the diagnosis and management of asthma - UK, USA

Mr Brook Dixon Belconnen ACT
To accelerate the creation, connection and application of digital city infrastructure - Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, USA, Peru

Ms Helen Willetts Civic Square ACT
To investigate the use of structured assessment tools in family law matters - UK, USA

Mr Nic Stuart Forrest ACT
The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellowship to investigate the treatment of head injuries specifically concentrating on ways of reintegrating people into the local community - Thailand, Germany, Netherlands, UK, USA

Ms Jessica Aulich Spence ACT
The ACT Government Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship to examine models for addressing domestic violence which can inform Australian policy - Austria, USA

Mr Alasdair Roy Campbell ACT
To examine the characteristics of successful child safe/child friendly policy and practice - Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Ms Andrea Ho Canberra ACT
To investigate practical strategies for improving cultural diversity in Australian media - UK, Sweden

Dr David Connery Deakin ACT
The Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship to enhance information sharing between law enforcement, business and community about organised crime - USA, Canada, UK, France, Netherlands, Israel

Dr Anita Collins Watson ACT
The Barbara Matthews Churchill Fellowship to explore research collaborations between music education programs and neuroscience laboratories - USA, Canada


New South Wales

Dr Melissa Kaltner Marrickville South 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

Mr Matthew Pepper Newport NSW
To research international models and innovation in Tactical Emergency Medical Support - USA, Canada

Dr Louis Wang Bellevue Hill NSW
The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to explore optimal systems and partnerships to foster a local and national cardiac genomic network - USA, UK, Singapore

Ms Bronnie Mackintosh West Wallsend NSW
To promote and increase numbers of women and ethnically diverse people in Australian Fire Agencies - Japan, India, UK, Sweden, France, Canada, USA

Mr Warwick Fyfe Merrylands NSW
The Stuart and Norma Leslie Churchill Fellowship to obtain tuition in Wagnerian vocal technique from Wagner specialists of international status - Germany, USA, UK

Dr Paul Gibson Roy Collaroy NSW
The Ron Badman Family Churchill Fellowship to investigate techniques for producing species-rich native seed crops for biodiversity restoration - USA

Mr Andrew Morgan Erskineville NSW
To investigate the options for reducing the risk of mesothelioma through government initiatives - Poland, Belgium, Italy, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Denmark

Dr David Cullen Bensville NSW
The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to research school reform to facilitate the implementation of the Australian curriculum - UK, Ireland, Canada, USA

Ms Alison Black Sans Souci NSW
To research engaging and accessible documentaries that can bring about social change - USA, UK

Dr Antoinette Anazodo Fairlight NSW
To identify gaps in the delivery of oncofertility (cancer and fertility) care in Australia - USA

Ms Kate Hughes Hunters Hill NSW
To undertake a physical analysis of core reference collection of dated First Fleet artworks - UK

Ms Amanda Nichols Edgecliff NSW
The Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to develop expertise in the traditional and current practices of corsetry and couture womenswear - UK, France, Japan

Dr Jodie Ward Heathcote NSW
To investigate specialist DNA techniques for the identification of compromised human remains - USA, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mr Chris Cooper Nowra NSW
To transform Australia's community solar sector by learning from the world's leading community energy organisations - USA, UK, Germany

Mr Allan Young Roseville NSW
To identify the reasons for success or failure in relocation schemes for at-risk coastal communities - USA, Barbados, UK

Miss Shona Whitton Manly NSW
To investigate methods of planning and managing disaster memorials - USA, UK, Norway, Germany

Mr Dylan Gower Cowra NSW
To explore the designing of local initiatives within regional communities - Japan, Canada, Sweden, Finland

Mrs Susan Pritchard Austinmer NSW
To better integrate volunteer canine search capabilities with emergency services for search response - UK, Ireland, Switzerland, New Zealand

Dr Mindy Sotiri Enmore NSW
To research prisoner reintegration services delivered by community sector organisations - UK, USA

Ms Jo-Ann Brown Eastwood NSW
To investigate effective care programs for people living with dementia in prison - New Zealand, USA

Miss Prue Golland Ryde NSW
To investigate evidence based interventions for maximising gross motor outcomes in children with cerebral palsy - Sweden, Belgium, UK

Ms Alison Richardson Glebe NSW
To explore disability led practices in theatre and investigate inclusive training and mentoring models - UK

Ms Anna Cronin Westmead NSW
To investigate the optimal management of speech problems in toddlers with cleft palate - New Zealand, Brazil, USA, Denmark

Mrs Judith Davidson Norfolk Island
To research how a World Heritage Listed convict site utilises and promotes heritage values - Australia


Dr Clare Hawkins Ridgeway TAS
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to design enduring methods that engage nature lovers to monitor wildlife population sizes and needs - USA, Hungary, UK

Mr Steven Harrison Geeveston TAS
The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to investigate school to work apprenticeship pathways in the European salmon aquaculture industry - Norway, UK

Mrs Natasha Woods Magra TAS
To investigate arts in prisons particularly its capacity to reduce recidivism and produce savings - UK, USA, New Zealand

Miss Simone Walters Moonah TAS
The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to study Baroque bassoon performance practices - Netherlands, UK, Germany

Mr Stephen Geason South Hobart TAS
To conduct meaningful research into age care facilities which will assist in designing for dementia - UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway