2019 Churchill Fellowship Award Recipients

115 visionary Australians are now officially confirmed as the 2019 recipients of a Churchill Fellowship!

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2019 Churchill Fellowship Recipients
From left to right Naomi Lacey, Peter Carter, Anna Reynolds, Russell Kelley and Jaclyn White



Mr Timothy Bevitt ACT Lyneham

The Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship to investigate how intergenerational play and creativity can be used to build cohesive communities - New Zealand, USA, UK, Finland

Ms Farzana Choudhury ACT Braddon

To empower people facing poverty through social and housing status rights-based models - New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK

Mr Joel Dignam ACT Lyneham

To learn how to best build an organisation to grow the power of renters to advocate for social change - UK, USA, New Zealand

Dr Arnagretta Hunter ACT Yarralumla

The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to learn skills in Narrative Medicine for education of medical students, doctors, patients and families - UK, USA, Netherlands

Mr Ali Khan ACT

To enhance support for gay male survivors of domestic violence - UK, USA

Dr Laura Macfarlane-Berry ACT 

The Dr Dorothea Sandars Churchill Fellowship to investigate veterinary field epidemiology training programs for improved animal and public health - Thailand, China, Mauritius, Madagascar, Italy, USA, Canada

Mr Seyi Onitiri ACT Kingston

To evaluate the suitability of programs for self-represented litigants for Australian courts - USA

Ms Nicola Palfrey ACT Campbell

To understand how to make exposure to trauma and adversity in childhood a public health issue - USA, UK



Mr Matthew Allen NSW Newcastle West

To investigate successful impact measurement approaches for community reuse enterprises - New Zealand, USA, UK, Belgium

Mr Daniel Busch NSW Mudgee

The Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship to innovate career pathways for Indigenous peoples into rural fire service agencies - South Africa, UK, USA

Mr Peter Carter NSW Neutral Bay

To understand international best practice and capabilities of Australian national food traceability - Vietnam, China, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Canada, USA

Ms Jacqueline Charles NSW Wollstonecraft

The Northern Districts Education Centre (Sydney) Churchill Fellowship to research best practice in the design and delivery of court education programs for school students - Singapore, UK, USA, Canada

Dr Mark Dexter NSW Pymble

The Dr Lena Elizabeth McEwan and Dame Joyce Daws Churchill Fellowship to develop Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy as a novel therapy for epilepsy and brain tumours - USA

Miss Nadishani Fernando NSW Kellyville

To investigate models of care and treatment for young people with functional somatic conditions - USA, Canada, UK

Mr Joseph Flick NSW Dubbo

To research and document the burial sites of Indigenous soldiers who died overseas during WW1 - UK, France, Belgium

Ms Rebecca Glenn NSW Erskineville

To explore service responses to women experiencing or escaping domestic financial abuse - USA, Canada, UK

Mr Russell Harrison NSW Manly

To develop an effective strategy for regulating illegal accommodation in Australia - USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, China

Dr Madeleine Hartley NSW Wollstonecraft

To improve our legal frameworks' response to water scarcity by learning from the global experience - South Korea, UK, USA, Mexico, Chile

Dr Ana Heitor NSW Wollongong

To investigate bio-mediated soil stabilization applied to Australian conditions - USA, Singapore

Dr David Kim-Boyle NSW Sydney

To investigate design and development strategies for augmented reality music applications - USA

Mr Michael McSweeney NSW Tumut

The Blakeney Millar Foundation Churchill Fellowship to study ways of engaging isolated people through local theatre in small communities - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Mr Murray Norman NSW Hurstville

To explore best Practice in Religious Education worldwide to enhance RE in a multicultural Australia - India, Israel, UK, Germany, USA

Associate Professor David Och NSW Condell Park

To develop a Statewide sustainable GIS geotechnical database to capture present data for the future - Malaysia, China, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland

Mr Cameron Paterson NSW Naremburn

To investigate the Creating Cultures of Thinking framework developed at Harvard's Project Zero - USA

Ms Joanne Philipson NSW Killara

To make a comparative assessment of strategies to effectively manage prosecution disclosure - UK, Canada, USA

Ms Kim Samuel NSW Bondi

To explore innovative options for disability housing that focus on user-choice and self-determination - USA

Dr Graham Sattler NSW Lidster

To evaluate international best-practice Musical Inclusion models for application in Australia - Armenia, UK, Ireland, Portugal, Canada, USA

Ms Philippa Stevens NSW Ashfield

To benchmark the balance of access, security and preservation for significant library collections - UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, USA

Ms Sharon Taylor NSW East Seaham

To implement cross-cultural education within NSW Health based on Aboriginal pedagogies (8Ways) - New Zealand, Canada, Italy

Miss Elaine Thomson NSW North Avoca

To explore methods to ensure vulnerable families receive a child protection service that upholds dignity and social justice - Canada, USA, UK

Miss Melinda Tually NSW Darlinghurst

To understand best practice garment manufacturing upholding workers rights and paying living wages - Vietnam, Cambodia, India, UK, USA

Associate Professor Nicholas Wood NSW Manly Vale

To improve our clinical advice and management of vaccine reactions for the Australian community - USA, Canada, Switzerland


Ms Ingrid Johanson NT Maningrida

The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to investigate philanthropic models connecting remote women's social enterprise to broad networks - USA, Guatemala, India, New Zealand

Ms Traci (Tracey) Keys NT Stuart Park

To increase effective and supportive options for women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace - Canada, USA, UK, Ireland

Ms Naomi Lacey NT Moulden

To study peak community garden bodies to continue the development of our national organisation - UK, Ireland, Netherlands, USA

Miss Samantha Nowland NT Gunn

The Yulgilbar Foundation Churchill Fellowship to address the challenges facing remote Aboriginal communities in the culture of native rock oysters - Canada, USA, France

Ms Anna Reynolds NT Stuart Park

To investigate art textile hubs, focusing on sustainable manufacturing and global markets - Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, UK

Mr Alphonsus Shields NT Araluen

The ANZSOG Churchill Fellowship to promote indigenous employees groups in middle management positions within government - New Zealand, USA, Canada

Ms Christina Spargo NT Rapid Creek

To learn how to teach Taiko (Japanese drumming) to people living with dementia - Japan, USA, Germany, UK



Associate Professor Deborah Askew QLD Tarragindi

To research holistic Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention in urban Indigenous communities - Canada, USA

Ms Clytie Binder QLD Woolloongabba

To explore education methods and partnership models to support community composting - USA, Canada, Cuba

Dr Paulo Borges QLD Middle Park

The Auto Skills Australia Churchill Fellowship to bridge the gap between autonomous vehicles and individuals with mobility difficulties - USA

Mr Aaron Brown QLD Newmarket

The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to research the performance practice of medieval and baroque music - Greece, Italy

Ms Bianca Bulley QLD Red Hill

The Stuart and Norma Leslie Churchill Fellowship to gain international costume tailoring skills to address a national skill shortage in the field - UK

Dr Amanda Cahill QLD Annerley

The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to study how climate action can build regional economies that are more resilient, just and prosperous - Spain, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Sweden

Ms Petah Chapman QLD Tarzali

The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to pursue excellence in opera and build international relationships with cultures in which opera thrives - UK, Denmark

Ms Jennifer Davis QLD North Ipswich

To investigate footwear last design and manufacture techniques including 3D printing of footwear lasts - Spain, Germany, UK, Finland, USA

Mrs Nadia de Silva QLD Hendra

To investigate improving language outcomes for brain tumour patients undergoing awake craniotomies - France, Belgium, Netherlands, USA

Dr Ashley Field QLD Smithfield

To conduct the first census of type materials for all 526 Australian fern and lycophyte species - UK, France, Denmark, Italy

Mrs Louise Hallo QLD The Gap

To support young people develop healthy and safe strategies when engaging in sexual relationships - USA

Inspector David Hickey QLD Greenslopes

To analyse appropriate procedures for the investigation of police critical incidents - USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Thailand

Mr Russell Kelley QLD Alligator Creek

The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to renew a proven, easy-to-use, tool for self-directed learning and training in coral identification - UK, Germany, Italy, Indonesia

Ms Jan Maggacis QLD Carindale

The Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowship to investigate resilience training methods and develop sustainable leadership models to support the NFP sector - USA

Ms Lindy Jane Milburn QLD Taringa

To investigate ways hands-on upcycling actions help reduce textile waste and enhance wellbeing - Japan, USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany

Dr Yvette Roe QLD Morningside

To investigate innovative strategies for Indigenous community engagement in maternity services - Canada

Mr Matthew Smith QLD McDowall

The James Love Churchill Fellowship to improve the military transition process through education opportunities and employment outcomes - USA, Canada, UK, Israel

Miss Sian Spencer QLD West End

To develop and prepare Australian athletes for international paraclimbing competitions - USA, Austria, France, UK

Ms Michelle Tapper QLD

To study science video production in digital media and develop a financially sustainable model - USA, UK, Switzerland

Dr Jaclyn White QLD Clayfield

The Dr Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to develop an integrated Ocular Genetic Service to improve care for children with genetic eye disease - UK, USA, Canada



Dr Rami Al-Dirini SA Mitchell Park

To investigate the application of advanced (Bio)mechanical modelling and 3D printing for personalised prosthetic design - UK, Italy, USA

Ms Trischa Baff SA Valley View

The Park Family Churchill Fellowship to investigate best practices in heritage trade training for Australia and establish a trainer exchange - UK, New Zealand

Dr Victoria Cornell SA Unley

The AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to investigate alternative, affordable models of housing that could help older Australians to age-in-place - USA, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Singapore

Ms Elspeth Grant SA Bibaringa

To revive learning about state and territory perspectives under our national History curriculum - USA, UK, Spain, Thailand

Mr Evan Marker SA Hawthorndene

The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to train in the art of stone letter carving and observe the operation of a commercial studio - UK, Belgium

Ms Briony O'Shea SA Toorak Gardens

To understand how barriers to introducing hydrogen into natural gas networks can be overcome - UK, Norway, Germany, France, Turkey

Ms Anastasia Read SA Sunlands

The Churchill Fellows Association of South Australia Churchill Fellowship to investigate family preservation programs in child protection space for Aboriginal families - USA, Canada, Sweden, Belgium

Dr Jared Thomas SA Willunga

To investigate colonised people's interpretative strategies in permanent gallery displays - New Zealand, USA, Canada, Norway

Mr Paul Triglau SA Goodwood

The Dr Susan Nelle Churchill Fellowship to learn artisan baking/patisserie to establish an Italian focused course at TAFE SA - Italy

Mr Aaron Tucker SA Adelaide

The Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship to enhance understanding of illicit synthetic opioid trafficking and examine border protection programs - China, Canada, USA, Mexico



Ms Sarah Bayne TAS South Hobart

To design a science centre that will be the public interface of Hobart's new Science Precinct - Philippines, Singapore, Japan, USA, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Finland

Mr Timothy Crow TAS Blackwood Creek

The Ron Badman Family Churchill Fellowship to further develop expertise in the cultivation, manufacturing, science, and policy of hemp - Nepal, India, Israel, Ukraine, Netherlands, Canada, USA

Mr Adam Dickenson TAS Blessington

To improve community health and wealth through the creation of engineered whitewater/surf facilities - New Zealand, Canada, USA, Germany

Ms Leah Galvin TAS Allens Rivulet

To explore business and government approaches that have increased local food procurement - USA, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden

Mrs Faina Iligoga TAS Mornington

The Tasmanian Churchill Fellows Association Churchill Fellowship to establish a documentation and healing centre that will teach the history of the genocide in Rwanda - Poland, Rwanda, Cambodia

Mrs Kristy Lark-Booth TAS Kingston

To establish Physic and Apothecary Gardens specifically for distillation, education and tourism - USA, Italy, France, UK

Mr Ian Marmion TAS Lauderdale

The Lamington National Park Churchill Fellowship to investigate methods to manage visitation to protected areas while conserving their intrinsic values - South Korea, China, USA, Canada

Mr Nathan Maynard TAS Hobart

The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to further hone and develop my craft as a playwright and immerse myself in the running of a First Nations Theatre Company - Canada

Ms Olivia Powell TAS

To advance specialist family violence therapeutic service provision for children in Australia - USA, Canada, Netherlands, UK

Ms Cate Sumner TAS West Hobart

The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to research how impact investing and social impact bonds can support legal services for women & children - Singapore, Bangladesh, Amsterdam, UK, USA, Canada


Dr Natalia Antolak-Saper VIC Beaumaris

To find innovative solutions to assist unrepresented accused in summary criminal matters - USA, Canada, UK

Ms Judith Brewer VIC

To create and expand care farming practices in Australia for autistic adults with acute anxiety - Vietnam, UK, Ireland

Mr James Brown VIC Yarraville

The Mr and Mrs Gerald Frank New Churchill Fellowship to investigate the artistic future of Australian Circus Arts - France, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, USA, Canada

Ms Samantha Burchell VIC Albert Park

To promote quality and diversity in an independent judiciary through transparent judicial appointment - South Africa, UK, USA

Dr Susan Carland VIC 

The Paul Tys Churchill Fellowship to explore practical strategies for countering Islamophobia - USA, UK

Ms Laura Chipp VIC Richmond

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to analyse evidence-based and best practice approaches to stop recidivism in the youth justice system - New Zealand, USA, UK, Spain, Germany

Dr Jorja Collins VIC Hawthorn

To explore strategies to improve the environmental sustainability of hospital foodservice - USA

Dr Louise Fuller VIC Balwyn

The Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to investigate a variety of post lung transplant rehabilitation models to develop guidelines for Australia - UK, Belgium, USA, Canada

Dr Billy Garvey VIC North Melbourne

To improve child health and development using technology to support evidence-based parenting practice - USA, UK, Sweden

Dr Rachel Kennedy VIC Macleod

To implement exercise programs for Australian children and young people living with neuromuscular disease - UK, Denmark, Netherlands, USA, Canada

Ms Penelope Lee VIC Clifton Hill

To research, learn from and build relationships with women's museums - USA, UK

Ms Adongwot Manyoul VIC Tarneit

The Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to investigate ways in which Africans have been integrated in other Western multicultural societies - USA, UK, France, Norway

Professor Danielle Mazza VIC Caulfield South

To reduce inequities in access to medical abortion through better integration into primary care - Ireland, Sweden, USA, Canada

Mr Patrick McGee VIC Brunswick

To investigate models of disability supports to people with disability detained in prisons - UK, Ireland, USA, Canada

Mr Markiyan Melnychenko VIC Glen Waverley

The Dr Iain C. Medgett Churchill Fellowship to study pedagogical techniques of the German violin school under renowned violinist Antje Weithaas - Germany

Ms Leanne Mitchell VIC West Footscray

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate how councils respond to rough sleeping while balancing responsibilities to the wider community - UK, Finland, USA

Mr Michael Reid VIC Wodonga

To investigate community-led programs that support the management of weeds and pest animals - New Zealand, USA, UK, South Africa 

Ms Amy Rogers VIC Reservoir

To investigate the effectiveness of gender pay equity legislation and regulatory frameworks - UK, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, New Zealand

Mr Adam Sandford VIC Greensborough

To study indigenous social housing and ownership models and delivery services - Canada

Dr Jennifer Schumann VIC Port Melbourne

To investigate effective public health policies for preventing opioid misuse - USA, Canada

Dr Sean Stevens VIC Ivanhoe

To explore leading global practices in the use of simulation in surgical education and training - UK, Ireland, USA, Canada

Ms Heather Thomas VIC Thornbury

To increase natural dyeing expertise by investigating established botanical dye studios - USA, Canada, Japan



Mrs Leasa Ashton WA Doubleview

To increase quality of life, community and schooling outcomes for adolescents with chronic pain and fatigue - Netherlands, UK, Canada, USA

Ms Jimena Garcia-Vega WA North Perth

The Leslie (Les) J. Fleming Churchill Fellowship to investigate rehabilitation methods to improve function and quality of life in patients with malignant brain tumours - UK, Italy, Canada, USA

Dr Kirsten Hancock WA Leederville

The WA Department of Communities Churchill Fellowship to research factors and contexts linked with successful and failing student absenteeism strategies - New Zealand, USA

Ms Amanda Healy WA South Perth

To complete formal and recognised training in Fashion Design in Europe with subject experts - Italy, UK

Ms Lois Keay-Smith WA Subiaco

To help adults navigate their career interruption, career re-invention and work life after cancer - Canada, USA, UK

Dr Tracey Kreplins WA Grass Valley

To investigate predator management in a farming and agricultural context - South Africa

Miss Sharni Lawler WA Piara Waters

To examine international techniques for the Family Liaison Officer in homicide investigations - UK, Canada, USA

Dr Stephen Macdonald WA Mount Lawley

To develop a best practice approach to diagnosis and management of sepsis across Australia - UK, Ireland, USA, Brazil

Dr Manickam Minakshi WA Leeming

To create new biodegradable polymers with incorporated redox active minerals for energy storage - Sweden, Poland, Germany

Ms Alison Morley WA West Leederville

The Auto Skills Australia Churchill Fellowship to examine installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in low population areas - China, South Korea, USA, Canada, UK, Norway

Ms Cara Peek WA Cable Beach

The Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowship to improve the social, emotional and economic well being of Indigenous Australian people - Brazil, USA, Canada

Dr Jennifer Pontre WA Ardross

To gain experience in the management of endometriosis worldwide through observerships and courses - United Arab Emirates, France, Belgium, Italy, USA 

Mr Ceri Skamp WA Victoria Park

To investigate the impact of rapport building and environment on interviews for victims of child abuse - New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Netherlands, China, Philippines

Dr Virginia Westwood WA Broome

To study aspects of speech recognition specific to learning to speak an endangered oral language - Singapore, Malaysia, France, UK


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