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The Winston Churchill Trust (Trust) and the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland (UQ) are very pleased to announce the Policy Impact Program Fellows for 2021-22.


On the back of a very successful inaugural Policy Impact Program (PIP), we are delighted to continue the program to identify, curate and advocate a selection of ideas from Churchill Fellows that have the potential to shape best practice and policy reform on a variety of relevant and contemporary issues facing Australia. The flagship of the program is the annual publication Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda.

This year we received 26 applications from Churchill Fellows, covering a broad range of topics. The selection process has been a challenging but rigorous one, and though a very difficult task to choose one application over another, given the very high standard and strong policy relevance of applications, the following 10 Fellows have been chosen to further develop their ideas with the Program in 2021-22.

Congratulations to the Following 2021-22 PIP Fellows:


Steven Caruana (NSW, 2017) To enhance best practice inspection methodologies for oversight bodies with an Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture focus

Belinda Cook (WA, 2016) To research the growing global Indigenous fashion industry to support a Kimberley textile industry

Julie Dunbabin (TAS, 2018) The Elvie Munday Churchill Fellowship to investigate factors that enable school lunch programs to impact positively on student health and wellbeing

Niroshini Kennedy (VIC, 2018) The Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship to investigate integrated models of care for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

Rebecca Lyons (TAS, 2018) To investigate human relationships to death and ceremony through alternate approaches and technologies

Clement Ng (NT, 2016) To study mental health courts and other justice responses to youth with mental health issues

Declan Page (SA, 2010) To assess natural treatment systems for Australian applications in water supply and water recycling

Angela Rintoul (VIC, 2018) To investigate international lessons for public health policy and improved regulation of gambling

Maida Stewart (NT, 2018) The Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to examine healthy housing initiatives in the primary prevention of Acute Rheumatic Fever

Jeremy Wiggins (VIC, 2016) To investigate models of health service delivery to transgender and gender diverse populations


These PIP Fellows will now be provided with opportunities to develop their skills in policy and governance, identify and engage with relevant government leaders, extend their networks, and learn how to improve the context-specificity of their findings. This will include participating in a training workshop provided by UQ – Getting Research into Policy and Practice (GRiPP), followed by the opportunity to develop their ideas alongside leading policy experts for contribution as an article in Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda, to be published in 2022.

“We are excited to work once again alongside the Churchill Trust and their Fellows to deliver this Policy Impact Program. We congratulate our new cohort of Fellows and are very much looking forward to seeing their ideas take shape” – Pedro Fidelman, Centre for Policy Futures, The University of Queensland.

The PIP Steering Committee would like to thank all applicants for their time and efforts in engaging with the Program. It is truly inspiring to see the many ways in which Fellows across many topics and sectors are passionately pursuing and sharing their Fellowship findings for the betterment of Australian communities. We applaud you all for the great work you are doing and hope you will keep telling us about it.

We would also like to encourage all Fellows to consider other ways in which you might disseminate your policy ideas, for instance through online articles, videos, podcasts or even webinars, whether as an individual or in collaboration with other Fellows in your field or sector. If you’re interested in applying for Dissemination support funding to further your Fellowship impact, you can find out more and apply via the Fellows Portal.

We look forward to sharing more news from the 2021-22 PIP Fellows and Policy Impact Program.

More Information about the Policy Impact Program

    • Watch the Inaugural PIP Fellows’ presentations in the Churchill Policy Room at Parliament House in March 2021.

    • If you are thinking of applying next year, read our program and application FAQs.

Eligibility and Commitment

  • Churchill Fellows awarded in or after 2010* and whose submitted reports have been approved.
  • You believe your Fellowship topic has the potential to address a contemporary issue on the Australian policy agenda.
  • Your Fellowship topic is innovative and draws on interesting new ideas, experiences and perspectives from other jurisdictions.

* We consider Expressions of Interest from pre-2010 Fellows on a case-by-case basis.

Benefits for you as a Churchill Fellow

  • Increase the impact of your Fellowship project and on-going work.
  • Increase your profile via media coverage, editorial distribution, social media, and opportunities to meet with (or present to) policy-makers, and government agencies
  • Networking opportunities and mentoring from leading policy experts.
  • Receive policy training through the ‘Getting Research into Policy and Practice (GRiPP)’ workshop, and media and advocacy training.
  • Develop your policy ideas into an article for the annual publication Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda.

“Not only did it give me the opportunity to better understand policy development and get my ideas out there, it gave me the opportunity to develop another network of amazing professionals… This was one of the most rewarding things I have experienced in my professional career.”

Steve Harrison CF 2015

“I have been able to have meetings with councillors, government officials and senior minister advisors. As a result of these meetings a motion in council was passed at the City of Sydney which takes on the recommendations set out in my article (and Fellowship report).”

Natalia Krysiak CF 2018

“There has been a lot of interest in my work at a state and federal level. I continue to receive interest and invitations to discuss family-inclusive child protection.”

Jessica Cocks CF 2016

For more information about the Policy Impact Program, or to speak with any of the PIP Fellows, please contact Kirsty Guster via email kirsty.guster@churchilltrust.com.au or phone 0437 301 390.

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