Successful health-themed Churchill Chat

On Sunday 26th May 2019 another successful Churchill Chat was held at the British Hotel in North Adelaide.  It was the second time that the Churchill Fellows Association South Australia opened up the event to interested members of the public; over 40 people battled against marathon runners and road closures to attend!  Churchill Fellows from across three decades spoke about their Fellowship, and subsequent changes in their respective fields, followed by a question and answer session and lunch. 

Maeve Downes CF (2007) - The Dorothea Sandars and Irene Lee Churchill Fellowship to study strategies and models of care used by the world's leading health care professionals in improving adolescent and young adult cancer care - U.K., Ireland, USA, Canada

Dr Richard Davis MBBS, FFARACS, FANZCA, CF (1980) – To study overseas developments in blood banking, particularly Autologous Blood Services - UK, Sweden, Denmark, Germany

Chris Morris BSocSc, MPH, FPHAA, CF (1997) - To investigate tobacco control projects for young people - USA, Canada

2018 CF progress update 03/09/2019

In recent weeks I have been in contact with most 2018 Fellows to get an update on their Fellowship tours and progress.  Read on for more!


  1. Susan Betts – departed on her Fellowship tour on 2nd September and is due back on 10th October.
  2. Sarah Brown – due to unforeseen circumstances Sarah has postponed her trip until 2020, but is still making plans for her delayed travels and excited by the opportunities.
  3. Owen Churches – Has returned from his trip and, I quote, “wow”.  Owen is assimilating his experiences and happy to chat with others about his trip, or theirs.  His report was recently published on the Churchill Trust website:
  4. Meredith Frearson – leaving on 7th September: spending a week in Stockholm then on to Edinburgh, a day in Newcastle, down to Truro then nearly 2 weeks in London before flying across to Los Angeles where I will visit UCLA and attend a conference. I return home on 24 October and just worked out my report is due in by New Years Eve!  My Fellowship is all about Intrauterine devices or IUDs for short and I will attend the American Society of Family Planning Conference which should be interesting to say the least in the current political climate.  I will visit a number of clinics and hospitals as well as working side by side with a number of GPs and nurse practitioners and also hope to catch up in London with a UK Churchill Fellow who visited my practice to work with the nurses there.
  5. Kendra Kotz – Dorothy and Brian Wilson Churchill Fellowship – departs for her Fellowship trip at the end of September 2019; it’ll span October and November, with her partner joining her for a well-deserved holiday during December for a further month.
  6. Simone Slattery – Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship – returned from her Fellowship tour on 1st August. 
  7. Debra Swann – Debra is travelling as I type, due home in mid-September.  She has been posting regular updates on social media.
  8. Ben Trewren – Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship – came home in the middle of August from his trip, which was widely posted on social media.  Getting back to ‘normal’ life while trying to assimilate his experiences and learning in relation to outdoor trails and spaces, and being a Churchill Fellow.
  9. Nick Whiterod – Richard Rischbieth Churchill Fellowship – Nick advises: I am two-thirds the way through my travels. It has been an amazing adventure, which has included Costa Rica, Albuquerque, Portland, New Year, West Virginia and Bristol. I have learnt a lot about fish, crayfish, turtle and mussel (and even wolves and beavers) conservation and translocations. Many of the issues faced are similar to Australia - and there is still a reliance on dedication of individuals (and local groups), but it the strength of conservation legislative (or in the Australian case, the lack of it) that appears to dictate the level of resources applied to threatened species.  After 9.5 weeks of Fellowship study he’s taking a well-earned holiday with his family in Europe, returning to Adelaide in mid-October.
21 Nov 2019
Improving the uptake of home-based dialysis therapies in Australia

We caught up with 2012 Churchill Fellow Josephine Chow to find out about her Fellowship investigation which aims to improve the uptake of home-based dialysis therapies and the impact her research has had in Australia.

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12 Nov 2019
Celebrating Collaboration and Achievement in the SA Food Industry

We are very pleased to announce that Paul Triglau has been awarded the 2019 Dr Susan V Nelle Churchill Fellowship to travel to Italy to refine his skills in artisan baking/patisserie. On his return, Paul plans to establish an Italian bakery course at TAFE SA to share his knowledge and enrich South Australia's food industry.

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8 Nov 2019
Sensory Places in Well Designed Spaces

Four Fellows presented to senior decision makers at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services on the topic of ’Sensory Places in Well Designed Spaces’.

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4 Nov 2019
Churchill Fellowship recipient to help Australian primary industry and national food traceability

Peter Carter, from GS1 Australia, has been awarded a highly esteemed Churchill Fellowship.

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29 Oct 2019
Equipping teenagers with lifelong financial skills

Financial coach and Educator Phil McGilvray and 2018 Park Family Churchill Fellow, recently returned from USA, Canada and UK, where he examined innovative methods of equipping teenagers with essential financials skills for life.

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24 Oct 2019
Artisan cheese making and education in Australia

We caught up with 2015 Churchill Fellow Gina Dal Santo to find out about her Fellowship investigation and how she is making an impact at the TAFE SA Artisan Cheese Making Academy.

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23 Oct 2019
A global analysis of cannabis cultivation

Thomas Forrest, Director of Indicated Technology Pty Ltd and 2018 Churchill Fellow, recently returned from Canada, Israel, The Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia and Italy where he investigated cannabis agronomic practices in order to provide this information to our emerging medicinal cannabis industry.

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7 Oct 2019
NT Police officer named as ANZSOG Indigenous Churchill Fellowship recipient

ANZSOG’s inaugural Indigenous Churchill Fellowship recipient has been announced as Alphonsus Shields, an Alice Springs-based Senior Constable and General Duties Policeman in the Northern Territory Police.

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23 Sep 2019
Announcing the 2019 Churchill Fellowship Award Recipients

115 visionary Australians will travel to countries around the world in 2020 as Churchill Fellowship recipients

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22 Sep 2019
Two not-for-profit leaders chosen for Community Sector Banking’s sponsored Churchill Fellowships

Cara Peek of Western Australia and Jan Maggacis of Queensland have received the CSB sponsored Fellowships

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22 Sep 2019
Churchill Fellow explores accessibility to public toilets and inclusion

Churchill Fellow Katherine Webber travelled to the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany, where she researched taboos, design, policy and legal barriers regarding access and inclusion to public toilets.

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22 Sep 2019
Churchill Fellow investigates low-cost innovative water treatment solutions for regional and remote Australia

Water Treatment Engineer Eric Vanweydeveld travelled to Oman, the UAE and Israel...

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22 Sep 2019
Churchill Fellowship for Tumut playwright

TUMUT playwright Michael McSweeney's head is still spinning after he was awarded a Blakeney Millar Foundation Churchill Fellowship.

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18 Sep 2019
Leading the way in Legionella detection and control

Kelvin Slade, a Churchill Fellow, owner of Slade Bros Plumbing in Brisbane has developed the first Legionella Awareness course, delivering a train the trainer model throughout Australia.

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23 Aug 2019
Resources to support the psychological wellbeing of young adult cancer patients now a priority in Australia

Tessa Neilson recently returned from her Fellowship to investigate resources that exist to support the psychological wellbeing of young adult cancer patients

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15 Aug 2019
Pioneering Flood-Resilient Housing in Australia

We caught up with 2012 Churchill Fellow James Davidson to find out about his Fellowship investigation into designing flood-resilient housing and the impact his research has had on building design for parts of Australia affected by floods.

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7 Aug 2019
Vale Chief Commissioner Sinclair Imrie “Mick” Miller 1926-2019

Mick was the first police officer to receive a Churchill Fellowship in 1967

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27 Jul 2019
William (Robert) Beggs AM 1934-2019

The Trust is saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Robert Beggs, who devoted many years to serving the Trust and the agricultural community of Victoria.

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26 Jul 2019
Creating close partnerships with and jobs for traditional owners in fire and land management

Scott Falconer's Fellowship aimed to see how other jurisdictions were working with Traditional Owners to return Cultural Burning to Country in the United States and Canada

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23 Jul 2019
Exploring safer pathways for refugees and asylum seekers

What if instead of just deterring people from coming the “wrong way”, we invested in alternative pathways for refugees to get to Australia safely?

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11 Jul 2019
Making the most of citizen-science to conserve our avian biodiversity

Churchill Fellow William Feeney's Fellowship set out to build a citizen-science program for understanding and conserving Queensland's unique avian biodiversity.

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5 Jul 2019
5 Jul 2019
Is there more Australia could be doing to reduce food waste?

Churchill Fellow Sarah May's Fellowship set out to research international models for reducing food waste.

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5 Jul 2019
2019 Global Leadership Practices Program Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Stephen Geason (2015) and Sam Bayley (2013) are the two Fellows selected to take part in the 2019 GLP Program.

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5 Jul 2019
Newly Commissioned Artwork | "Journey's Connections"

We are very pleased to announce and showcase a new digital artwork by 2018 Churchill Fellow and Aboriginal artist Susan Betts. Commissioned by the Churchill Trust, Susan's work titled ‘Journey’s Connections’ is a contemporary design with an accompanying story.

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3 Jul 2019
Instrumental moves to conserve Australia's historic keyboards

Churchill Fellow Paul Tunzi's Fellowship set out to investigate advanced conservation techniques and the maintenance of historical keyboard instruments.

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11 Jun 2019
Churchill Fellows recognised in Queen's Birthday Awards 2019

We would like to congratulate the 9 Churchill Fellows recognised on the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours list!

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21 May 2019
Walking Together Towards National Reconciliation

With National Reconciliation Week approaching (May 27 – June 3), and this year's theme of 'Grounded in Truth - Walk Together with Courage', we would like to share some of the steps we have taken at the Churchill Trust over the past year towards an equitable and unified future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.

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25 Apr 2019
Tips to complete your application on time

With the closing date to apply for a 2019 Churchill Fellowship fast approaching, we would like to provide you with some advice to make your journey to the finish of the application phase as easy and comfortable as possible!

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25 Apr 2019

A lifetime member of the Trust since 1994 and its Patron since 2001, Sir Rupert contributed his energy and talents to its various aspects during his Directorship of the New South Wales Regional Committee from 1975 to 1984 and as Deputy National Chair from 1985 to 1992, as a Life Member of the Trust since 1994 and its Patron since 2000.

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18 Apr 2019
Perfect for Mother's Day: Churchill Rose print

A beautiful limited-edition print of the Sir Winston Churchill rose illustrates the power of collaboration among Churchill Fellows...

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16 Apr 2019
2019 National Convention of Churchill Fellows | Tasmania

Forty-seven Tasmanian Fellows participated over the three days (5 - 7 April 2019) giving presentations, taking tours and assisting with the organisation of the Convention.

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16 Apr 2019
A whole is greater than the sum of its parts

A group of Churchill Fellows who are actively involved in the field of social work recently established the Churchill Fellows in Social Work community of practice.

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16 Apr 2019
Leilani Bin-Juda reflects on her Churchill journey

In support of two new Sponsored Churchill Fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in 2019 (ANZSOG and CSB) and on being awarded a 2019 Australia Day Public Service Medal, Leilani Bin-Juda reflects on her Churchill Fellowship journey, one that began twenty years ago.

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8 Apr 2019
Jo Cruickshank shares her Fellowship experience

Jo Cruickshank shares her Fellowship experience in support of the NEW Auto Skills Australia Churchill Fellowships

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7 Apr 2019
The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems

New book released on 1 April by Churchill Fellow Sarah Maddison argues that white Australia can’t solve black problems because white Australia is the problem!

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22 Mar 2019
Finding the Art in Automotive

The Churchill Trust is please to share a new video Fellowship Report from Churchill Fellow Kip McIntyre, produced in collaboration with 2009 Churchill Fellow Matthew Blyth and Alaneo Goor of Millstream Productions. Kip received the 2016 James Love Churchill Fellowship to research and master the rare craft of traditional restoration in coach-building and panel beating, travelling to the USA, the UK, Italy and Germany.

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13 Mar 2019
Prestigious award to offer knowledge boost for the Not-for-Profit Sector

Leaders in the not-for-profit sector are being encouraged to apply for the new Community Sector Banking Churchill Fellowships that will see them travel the world to observe leading practice and develop new networks. The opportunity to then apply the learnings in a local context could reap big rewards for the sector here in Australia.

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8 Mar 2019
Churchill Fellows Findings in 2019 | First Quarter

Find out what knowledge Fellows have brought back to Australia in the first quarter of 2019 - a full list of Fellowship reports submitted.

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8 Mar 2019
New Fellowships Launched at the ANZSOG Conference

A significant cohort of Churchill Fellows recently attended the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) Indigenous Affairs Conference Reimagining Public Administration: First Peoples, governance and new paradigms in Melbourne on 20-21 February, where the new ANZSOG Churchill Fellowships were also officially launched.

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18 Feb 2019
ANZSOG announces sponsorship of Churchill Fellowships for Australian and New Zealand Indigenous public servants

ANZSOG is sponsoring two new Churchill Fellowships in 2019 to build Indigenous leadership in the Australian and NZ public services

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11 Feb 2019
New Fellowship award to drive change in the Australian automotive sector

New Auto Skills Churchill Fellowships will be awarded in 2019 for projects that support the future success of the Australian automotive sector

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1 Feb 2019
Apply now for a 2019 Churchill Fellowship

Applications are now open for this unique, prestigious yet accessible award...

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31 Jan 2019
New Fellowship available for award in honour of Dr Susan V Nelle

The Dr Susan Nelle Churchill Fellowship offers South Australian's a special opportunity to travel the world to advance the food and beverage industry in Australia

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25 Jan 2019
2019 Australia Day Honours

We would like to congratulate the 17 Churchill Fellows recognised on the 2019 Australia Day Honours list!

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22 Jan 2019
Cultivating Innovation in Australian Horticulture

Our partnership with Hort Innovation continues in 2019 with three Fellowships available for award...

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21 Jan 2019
2018 Global Leadership Practices Program

In 2018, three Churchill Fellows participated in the Global Leadership Practices Program which took them to India and China. Fiona, Tony and Emma share their experience...

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18 Jan 2019
We remember Sir William Robert Cole 1926 – 2019

Vale Sir Robert William Cole, Honorary Treasurer from 1988 to 1993, Deputy National President in 1994 and Trust Life Member

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17 Dec 2018
Joe Wilson shares his fellowship experience...

Joe Wilson's life was transformed after he received a Churchill Fellowship at the age of 52 and within months of returning, he started his own business, Veteran and Vintage services, which provided a great source of satisfaction, a living, and worldwide contacts and friends for the next 10 years until retirement.

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17 Dec 2018
Liam O'Keefe shares his fellowship experience...

In Australia, we generate around 56 million end of life equivalent passenger tyres every year. Liam O'Keefe is passionate about learning how we can better manage this vast resource in Australia to deliver more productive outcomes for the industry and community. As a Churchill Fellow he travelled to the USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, France, Portugal, and India to meet with some of the top practitioners of tyre product stewardship schemes to identify the key characteristics of each and the effectiveness of differing models and approaches.

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17 Dec 2018
Kate Cole shares her Fellowship experience...

Kate Cole received her Fellowship in 2016 to investigate best practice to prevent illness and disease in tunnel construction workers. It was an opportune time in the midst of a large infrastructure boom which involves a significant amount of new tunnel construction. She travelled to some of the world’s tunnelling epicentres – the UK, Norway, Switzerland and the USA.

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17 Dec 2018
Marilyn Di Stefano shares her fellowship experience...

Marilyn Di Stefano received the Jack Brockhoff Foundation Churchill Fellowship in 2013 to examine advances in vehicle technology/rehabilitation applications to enable independence for drivers with disabilities. She travelled to the UK, Sweden, Italy, USA and Japan.

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15 Dec 2018

2018 Churchill Fellowship recipient Phil McGilvray is passionate about equipping teenagers with essential financial skills for life!

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14 Dec 2018
Churchill Fellows Findings in 2018

Find out what knowledge Fellows have brought back to Australia in 2018 - a full list of Fellowship reports submitted this year.

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10 Dec 2018
CEO End of year message

It has been a great year for the Trust, we have introduced many new initiatives including those designed to increase the levels of engagement, development and support provided to Churchill Fellows...

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7 Nov 2018

Australian volunteer organisations do not have a standardised approach to peer support. This places our volunteers at high risk of exposure to critical and traumatic events, which can lead to serious mental health issues.

Louise Murphy is motivated to improve organisational approaches for the mental health of vulnerable volunteer workers.

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22 Oct 2018

The Australia Council for the Arts’ 'Making Art Work' study revealed an alarming statistic, that artists in Australia with disability currently earn 42 per cent less than artists without disability.

Australia Council for the Arts colleagues Morwenna Collett and Patricia Adjei will research how to actively engage people with disability in the arts, and protect Indigenous cultural intellectual property rights for Australian indigenous communities, respectively.

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19 Oct 2018

Dr Zoe Richards received the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) Churchill Fellowship to study original type coral specimens in tandem with new genetic data...

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9 Oct 2018

In 2017, Victoria became the first Australian state to legislate for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). While most people who qualify for access to VAD will require palliative care, the way that palliative care services respond to requests for VAD are not clear.

Professor Margaret O’Connor AM is motivated to travel overseas and bring back ideas for addressing people's end-of-life needs, in relation to accessing palliative care and managing requests for VAD.

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8 Oct 2018

Music has the power to move people and stimulate the brain in extraordinary ways. However, it is an under-utilised pedagogical tool, and certain performance traditions, such as the art of historical improvisation, have been too long overlooked in modern performance practices.

Simone Slattery has received The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to develop new specialised skills in historical violin performance and incorporate these into her performance and teaching practices in Australia.

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8 Oct 2018

In Australia, there is currently no nationally recognised 'off the shelf' course available to train emergency services personnel in remote mountain rescue. The current capability of emergency services to provide this service must be improved to address the increasing number of incidents occurring around Australia.

Greg Toman is committed to enhance the overall safety of rescuers and those requiring rescue in remote rescue situations.

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5 Oct 2018

In Australia, Brahman cattle have the ability to withstand harsh climates, which has seen the breed transform the North Australian beef industry. However, their hardiness has led to many domestic consumers believing the breed to be more tough and less palatable than others, which in turn perpetuates price discrimination against Brahman cattle at saleyards and meat processing plants.

Rachael Cruwys is motivated to increase the domestic marketability of Brahman cattle through improved marketing and genetics.

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5 Oct 2018

Australia has some of the most advanced emergency medical response practices and procedures, which are recognised globally. However, there is a need for continual improvement, with increased training and mental health protection for career and volunteer firefighters.

Andrew Emery is motivated to learn international practical methods and ideas to further improve first aid education and training and also how to protect the mental health of firefighters here in Australia.

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5 Oct 2018

Big data has changed the way banks and financial institutions interact with and approach their customers. This has enabled the financial sector to charge higher fees and premiums, increasing the risk that ‘essential’ financial services are unattainable for many Australians.

Susan Quinn has a passion for the law and determination to deepen her understanding about how to protect and empower financially marginalised people in big data legislation and practices.

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4 Oct 2018

Australia is a research leader in the area of sexual violence prevention and youth sex education. However, the experience of overseas sex education programs and political initiatives shows we can do more to prevent sexual violence through best practice sex education.

Criminal lawyer Katrina Marson is passionate about understanding the methods behind education programs for sexual violence prevention, and their implementation strategies.

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4 Oct 2018

Women in Australia are using Intra Uterine Devices (IUDs) at a far lower rate in comparison to women from other countries. This is surprising when the health benefits that can come from this small device are well established.

Dr Meredith Frearson is passionate about improving women’s sexual and reproductive health by increasing IUD usage in Australia.

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4 Oct 2018

Less than one-third of Australian local government councillors and just eleven per cent of CEOs are women. If this continues, we will not see a healthy balance of male and female Councillors until 2063.

Councillor Coral Ross is passionate about improving gender equality in Australian local government by increasing the number of elected women Councillors.

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4 Oct 2018

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations are most at risk of Acute Rheumatic Fever, an infectious disease with the potential to cause permanent heart damage. A Healthy Housing initiative could be the solution to this illness.

Maida Stewart is dedicated to improving the welfare of her community through learning from the current Healthy Housing Initiative in New Zealand.

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2 Oct 2018

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, “Because of Her, We Can!”, marked an important year of recognition for the strong Aboriginal women who have paved the way for future generations to fight for equality, understanding and cultural respect. This theme especially resonates in a move towards enabling Aboriginal women to have healthier pregnancies and birth outcomes.

2018 Churchill Fellowship recipient Janinne Gliddon is passionate about giving Aboriginal women an opportunity to be trained and recognised as Aboriginal Doulas across Australia.

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2 Oct 2018

The global art economy grew for the first time since 2014 with $63.7 billion in total global sales, a 12% rise from 2016. The art markets in the USA and Europe are well established, with the art markets in China and the Middle East fast growing.

Emilia Galatis has a desire to investigate opportunities overseas that will give the amazing works of Western Australian Aboriginal artists’ international recognition.

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2 Oct 2018

Kerryn Ernst is one of 119 McGrath Foundation breast care nurses, who provide invaluable support and resources to women around Australia. Kerryn Ernst will investigate and develop a model of care for nursing patients in Australia.

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2 Oct 2018

In Australia, housing affordability is becoming a significant issue for low-income households. Finding workable and innovative solutions to this crisis is paramount.

Dr Alireza Kashani is motivated to learn more about new technology for rapid construction of resilient and low-cost houses through 3D printing.

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27 Sep 2018

Australia’s current response to elder abuse is often described as being where domestic violence was 20 years ago. There is very little understanding of how best to respond to and prevent elder abuse in Australia.

2018 Fellowship recipient Geoff Rowe, CEO of Aged & Disability Advocacy Australia, will investigate the world’s best practice aged care systems. His analysis will be timely given the recently announced Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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27 Sep 2018

In Australia, we lack a strong community of support and empowerment for young adults with cancer. Acknowledging the need for mental health resources and support is vital for survivorship.

Dr Tessa Neilson is motivated to travel overseas and bring back ideas for providing mental health support and resources to young adult cancer patients in Australia.

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27 Sep 2018

In Australia, Deaf survivors of domestic violence have very limited access to support services. It is a common challenge for these survivors to seek the same access as hearing people to emotional support, healthcare, legal information and other services they require.

Debra Swann, a survivor of domestic violence, is motivated to travel overseas and bring back ideas for improving access to domestic violence support services for all survivors in the community.

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26 Sep 2018
Improving humanitarian assistance and disaster response

2018 Churchill Fellowship recipient Emily Ragus is passionate about improving Australia's approaches to disaster response.

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25 Sep 2018
Announcing the 2018 Churchill Fellowship Recipients

Celebrating Curiosity: 112 Innovative Australians awarded Churchill Fellowships #CelebratingCuriosity #2018ChurchillFellows

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24 Sep 2018

Dr Angela Rintoul hopes to bring back potential solutions to this issue of national concern...

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30 Aug 2018
P-TECH Courses Prepare Students for Occupations of the Future’ - The Australian

On a Churchill Fellowship in 2012, Nicholas Wyman looked at models in Britain and the US that could be adapted to Australian conditions...

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21 Aug 2018
Effective Drug Court Initiatives

In May 2018, Cherise Donovan traveled to investigate and research effective Drug Court initiatives in the USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand

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17 Aug 2018
Global Leadership Practices Program Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Fiona Hawthorne (2007), Tony Eyres (2001) and Emma Robinson (2014) are the three Fellows selected to take part in 2018.

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16 Aug 2018
Vale Elvie Munday 1938-2018

It is with much sadness that we farewell Elvie Munday a much-loved icon of the Churchill Trust who passed away on Tuesday 14 August 2018

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15 Aug 2018
Girls and Women in STEM

UK Churchill Fellow, Elaine Manton, the STEM Coordinator at Loreto Grammar School in Manchester, visited the ATSE office to meet with Maggie Evans-Galea and Churchill Fellow Pennie Stoyles

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25 Jul 2018
Fellow receives 2018 LiFE Award for Excellence in Leadership awarded by Suicide Prevention Australia

Jorgen Gullestrup was the proud recipient of this LIFE Award at the National Suicide Prevention Conference Dinner held in Adelaide last night!

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13 Jul 2018
Because of her we can! Celebrating NAIDOC Week 8-15 July

Three inspiring Indigenous Fellows share what NAIDOC week means to them and how their Fellowships findings are having a positive impact on our Indigenous communities!

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30 May 2018
National Indigenous Governance Institute CEO Michelle Deshong shares her Fellowship experience

Michelle recently travelled to the USA, Canada and New Zealand to research and apply best practice on Indigenous governance and leadership models.

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20 May 2018
Greening Australia Director Jonathan Duddles shares his Fellowship experience

Jonathan travelled to the UK, France and the USA in 2014 to investigate how successful environmental charities have created a culture of philanthropy to build financial resilience and long-term environmental outcomes.

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4 May 2018
Churchill sculpture to commemorate war-time heritage at new Canberra hotel

A bronze sculpture of Winston Churchill will be on public display in Geocon’s new West Block Hotel, to acknowledge the building’s history during WWII, thanks to a loan from the Churchill Trust.

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17 Apr 2018
Dates to create viable desert economies and communities

Churchill Fellow Ben Wall shares his Fellowship experiences and goals to grow Date gardens in indigenous communities

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17 Apr 2018
All Together Now Managing Director Priscilla Brice shares her Fellowship Experience

Priscilla travelled to Poland, Belgium, France, the UK, and the USA to conduct a study into the factors which make non-profit racism prevention initiatives effective

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23 Mar 2018
Fellowship explores police response to LGBTI domestic violence

Churchill Fellowship recipient Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen visited four countries to investigate police response to domestic violence within the LGBTI community.

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19 Mar 2018
Help Tumut change and grow

The Blakeney Millar Foundation offers the residents of Tumut the opportunity to apply for a Churchill Fellowship that is of benefit to the town and its environs, since 1997.

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8 Mar 2018
Pressing for Progress on Forced Marriage in Australia

2016 Churchill Fellow Laura Vidal is pressing for progress on forced marriage in Australia.

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1 Feb 2018
Apply now for a 2018 Churchill Fellowship!

Travel overseas to investigate inspiring practices that will benefit Australian communities!

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17 Jan 2018
2018 National Roadshow of Information Sessions

Free Information sessions are being held throughout Australia in February and March. Attend to find out more about the Churchill Fellowship opportunity of a lifetime!

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31 Oct 2017
Vale Sir Ninian Stephen 1923-2017

Sir Ninian Stephen (former Patron in Chief to the Churchill Trust) died on Sunday 29 October 2017

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18 Oct 2017
Digital connectivity for the health sector to improve patient care

Three health sector practitioners, recently announced as Churchill Fellows will investigate various overseas approaches to the digital collection of clinical data to improve patient care in Australia

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17 Oct 2017
Global Innovation Summit: Human Intelligence 2.0

Thriving in the age of acceleration 13-15 November 2017 Melbourne

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28 Sep 2017

Churchill's leadership lives on in the 109 talented Australians who are now #2017ChurchillFellows

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27 Sep 2017
3D Printing - The Future for Prosthetic Hands

2017 Churchill Fellow Lisa O'Brien will travel to the USA, Brazil, UK, Netherlands to inform the development of 3D printed prosthetic hands

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26 Sep 2017
Preparing primary students for the next wave of digital innovation

2017 Churchill Fellow Marcus Mulcahy is passionate about giving primary school students access to digital technologies and skills

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18 Sep 2017
Cherry Grower Sally Dakis shares her Fellowship experience

The Fellowship connected me with overseas growers to observe how they invested in R&D including product branding and marketing for short and long supply chains

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5 Sep 2017
Ground-breaking use of Restorative Justice for victims of serious crime

Michael Power's Fellowship investigated research innovations for improving the lives of victims of serious violence committed by people with a mental illness

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27 Aug 2017
New Churchill Fellowship in honour of Trails Pioneer

With your support we are raising funds to establish a Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship in honour of Terry's contribution to the development of walking trails

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18 Aug 2017
Top 4 ways to get school students excited about #STEM

For National Science Week we asked Neil Bramsen why #STEMinschools is such a national priority and to share his top 4 tried and tested methods to get students excited about STEM.

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31 Jul 2017
Convention registrations are now open

Registrations at the early bird rate are now open for the National Convention of Churchill Fellows Canberra 27-29 October 2017

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28 Jul 2017
2016-17 Annual Report

We are pleased to provide the digital edition of our latest Annual's a great read!

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9 Jul 2017
Tourism Innovator Robin Shaw shares her Fellowship experience...

The benefits the Churchill Fellowship gave me are immeasurable...

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5 Jul 2017
Why Our Languages Matter

For #NAIDOC2017 we asked 2016 Churchill Fellow Stephanie Woerde, why our languages matter?

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29 Jun 2017
Plastic Free July starts soon

Are you ready to break up with plastic - Churchill Fellow and co-founder of Plastic Free July Rebecca Prince-Ruiz can tell you how...

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21 Jun 2017
New National Chair for the Churchill Trust

David Trebeck has been elected as the new National Chair of the Churchill Trust Board of Directors

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20 Jun 2017
Apple Grower Chris McColl shares his Fellowship experience

The Fellowship provided me with a better understanding of my local environment back here in Australia and to provide better advice as an agronomist...

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2 Jun 2017
Avocado Grower Graham Anderson shares his Fellowship experience

The Fellowship allowed me to work in tissue culture laboratories as well as understand all aspects of avocado culture...

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31 May 2017
Cheesemaker Gina Del Santo shares her Fellowship experience

The Fellowships offered me the chance to observe what is being taught around the world in cheese/dairy education, how we compare, how we could change, and what direction I can take the Academy in.

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8 May 2017
Paddock to Plate Pioneer Colin Beer shares his Fellowship experience

The Fellowship was a wonderful way of gaining overseas experience in a field not known in Australia...

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2 May 2017
Persimmon Grower Michael Silm shares his Fellowship experience

The Fellowship helped me realise how much potential Australian horticulture had at the time and the huge potential that lay ahead of me...

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18 Apr 2017
Make Australia a world leader in clinical data collection

We are pleased to announce a new Fellowship sponsored by Department of Health

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1 Mar 2017
Applications are now open!

If you have a great idea and lot of passion for a project that will benefit Australia then apply for a Churchill Fellowship now!

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1 Mar 2017
#1weekstogo until applications close for 2017

With only 1 week to go until applications close, we thought it timely to share some resources and advice to support you in completing your application!

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27 Jan 2017
2017 National Roadshow of Information Sessions

Free Information sessions are being held throughout Australia in February and March. Attend to find out more about the Churchill Fellowship opportunity of a lifetime!

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6 Jan 2017
Remembering 'Tropical Bob' 1926-2017

It is with much sadness that today we farewell a very dear friend, an iconic Churchill Fellow, Queenslander and Australian

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30 Nov 2016
2016 Churchill Fellowship Awardees Announced

106 Aussies are going global to explore new possibilities for Australia

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25 Nov 2016
Three questions answered

Catching up with film-maker and 2010 Churchill Fellow Sarah Barton

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15 Oct 2016
Deathfest breaks deathly silence

Curated by 2012 Churchill Fellow Jo Thomas

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25 Sep 2016
Fellow awarded LGMA Young Leader Award

Working with newcomers to Australia is a thread that runs through Sarah Janali’s career story

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22 Sep 2016
Sponsorship opportunities

We continue to find organisations and people of goodwill who wish to provide ongoing support to the work of the Trust and its' Fellows

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23 Aug 2016
A novel way to inspire kids to achieve great things

"Get kids back into sport!", says 2015 Churchill Fellow Troy Kirkham

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20 Aug 2016
Westmead Children's Hospital CEO presents gift to the Trust

To acknowledge the contribution Churchill Fellows have made to children's healthcare in Australia.

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9 Aug 2016
Putting aged-care in the bush front and centre

An inevitable finding on Census Night will be that Australia has an ageing population, a fact already clear to Churchill Fellow Caroline Langston

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29 Jul 2016
Annual Report 2015-16 Edition

This Annual Report records the Churchill Trust’s activities and performance for the year 1 February 2015 to 31 January 2016.

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27 Jul 2016
The Exponential Shift. Making transformation happen!

The Churchill Trust is an endorsing partner for the Creative Innovation Conference being held 7-9 November in Melbourne

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5 Jul 2016
Au Revoir from our long-term CEO

After sixteen years as your CEO I am soon to hand over to Mr Adam Davey who I know will bring new perspectives and enthusiasm to the CEO appointment.

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1 Jun 2016
Appointment of new Churchill Trust CEO

The Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Margaret White, has announced the appointment of Adam Davey as Chief Executive Officer of the Trust.

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13 May 2016
Happy 90th Birthday to Trust Icon Bob Prickett

Marbleous man! Sculptor Dusty Bob Prickett has used his creations to help fund 36 Churchill Fellowships.

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8 May 2016
Strategic Direction Statement 2016

Six key strategic directions for the future development of the Trust have now been approved by the Churchill Trust Board

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31 Mar 2016
A message from our Chief Executive Officer

We offer a life-changing experience to those who want to travel the world and make a difference!

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29 Mar 2016
The State of Opera

50th Anniversary Churchill Fellow David Barnard returns to Australia full of inspiration and an enriched perspective set to influence the opera industry in Australia.

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28 Mar 2016
Social Accountability and Health Equity at the Heart of Indigenous Health Education

Courtney Ryder wants to transform the next generation of health professionals into culturally safe and competent practitioners, driven by health equity, to meet the needs of Indigenous patients and communities.

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3 Mar 2016
Apply for Unique Leadership Role

Applications are now open for the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Churchill Trust. Applications close 25 March 2016

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2 Mar 2016
2016 National Roadshow of Information Sessions

Free Information sessions are being held throughout Australia in February and March. Attend to find out more about the Churchill Fellowship opportunity of a lifetime!

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1 Mar 2016
Share the Churchill Fellowship opportunity

Use our promotional resources to share the Churchill Fellowship opportunity with your networks

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28 Feb 2016
Will opportunity knock on your door in 2016

Australia's greatest doorknock appeal continues to offer the opportunity of a lifetime!

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25 Nov 2015
Learning from former prisoners who have gone straight… makes sense!

Claire Seppings, 2015 ‘50th Anniversary’ Churchill Fellow has just returned from a seven week fact finding visit to the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and the United States of America to learn how these countries have successfully utilised the rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners and offenders as peer mentors in reintegration models.

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16 Nov 2015
Public Book Launch

Join Author Dr Penelope Hanley and ABC Radio Broadcaster Alex Sloan for the launch of this compelling history of the Trust and to hear stories of selected Churchill Fellows and their remarkable achievements in a vast range of fields.

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6 Nov 2015
A message from the Prime Minister on our 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill gives us pause to reflect on the man who at times seemed larger than life and left an indelible imprint on world history.

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5 Nov 2015
Our 2015 Annual Report is now Available Online

This special edition report contains excerpts from our new book Inspiring Australians with a strong focus on the contribution Fellows have made to Australian Society over the past 50 years.

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4 Nov 2015
National Library to Archive Trust Online Publications

The National Library of Australia have offered to archive our online publications for posterity of the Trust.

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28 Jul 2015
In memory of William (Bill) Park 1920-2015

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is deeply saddened at the passing of Mr William (Bill) Abernethy Park CBE, AM who was a passionate supporter and advocate of the Churchill Trust.

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29 Jun 2015
50th Anniversary Events and Exhibitions around Australia

Our Churchill Fellows' Associations will be holding the following events around Australia in 2015 and 2016 to celebrate the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

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19 Jun 2015
109 remarkable Australians receive prestigious honour

Announcing our 2015 '50th Anniversary' Churchill Fellows

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12 Jun 2015
Fellows recognised on Queen's Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to four Churchill Fellows who have been honoured on the 2015 Queen's Birthday list.

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25 May 2015
Churchill Fellow opens integrated Dance Theatre

“We’re redefining dance - dance is not just for one type of body” says 2013 Churchill Fellow and Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo

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25 May 2015
Winston the Starfish

Churchill Fellow Jessica Hoey is on a fact finding mission for a pesty problem affecting the Great Barrier Reef

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22 Mar 2015
ACT Fellow wins ABC Radio Top 5 under 40 Competition

2010 Churchill Fellow Dr Amber Beavis named as one of ABC Radio's new scientific communicators

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12 Feb 2015
Churchill Fellow and Trust Director named next Governor of Victoria

We would like to officially congratulate Churchill Trust Director and Churchill Fellow, Linda Dessau AM, who has just been announced as the next Governor of Victoria.

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12 Jan 2015
New Sponsored Fellowships to be offered in 2015

We welcome the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet as a new sponsor offering two Fellowships this year to develop evidence based policy.

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12 Dec 2014
Share the Churchill opportunity with your networks

A media kit is now available to help promote the Churchill Fellowship opportunity to your networks.

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12 Aug 2014
Facility needed for foetal alcohol disorder, says magistrate

PERTH Children’s Court Magistrate and 2014 Churchill Fellowship recipient Catherine Crawford says there is an urgent need for a foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnostic clinic in Perth.

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12 Aug 2014
Investigating art as national identity

ABORIGINAL art has historically been represented in state galleries by Caucasian men, says Bassendean resident and 2014 Churchill Fellowship recipient Vanessa Russ.

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19 Jun 2014
Churchill Fellowships Announced for 2014

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is proud to announce that 106 Australians have been successful in their application for a Churchill Fellowship.

The successful applicants will, from as soon as September this year, travel the globe to undertake a diverse array of research for the betterment of Australia.

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17 Jun 2014
Churchill's last surviving child Lady Soames Dies at 91

The Trustees, members and affiliates of The Churchill Centre around the world (The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust) are deeply saddened at the news of the death of The Lady Soames LG DBE.

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13 Jun 2014
Fellow appointed as UWS Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)

2011 Churchill Fellow Linda Taylor has been appointed as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) with the University of Western Sydney (UWS).

Linda said 'the Churchill Fellowship was absolutely critical in securing this great new role, moving from the public sector to university'.

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14 May 2014
Our 50 year history to be published in 2015

2015 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill (24 January 1965) and the establishment of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (12 April 1965).

To give utmost respect to these two special occasions The Trust has engaged an established author, Dr Penelope Hanley, to write about the history of The Trust, focussing on the significant contribution Fellows have made to Australian society over the past fifty years.

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7 May 2014
Churchill Fellows Meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Approximately 100 people gathered at a special reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday 24 April, including some of our country's icons - actors, singers, athletes, servicemen, people who excel in their field.

For me, it was a privilege in itself to meet and talk to such an amazing group of Australians, let alone shake hands and converse with the young royal couple.

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21 Apr 2014
Sustainable horsekeeping systems minimise environmental impact

Listen to 2011 Churchill Fellow Jane Myers speak to ABC Rural about sustainable horsekeeping/management systems and how her project is now helping to minimise the environmental impact on horse properties in Australia.

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15 Apr 2014
Hear our NSW Fellows share their aspirations for the future

The 2014 NSW Medallion Presentation Dinner, hosted by the NSW Churchill Fellows' Association (CFA), was held on Friday 7 March at the Masonic Club in Sydney City.

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14 Apr 2014
Contemporary Dance Theatre: Dance Travel Play

Follow 2013 Fellow Sarah-Vyne Vassallo on her Tumblr blog as she travels to the USA and UK for her Fellowship.

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9 Apr 2014
Habitat Management: Me and Mr Churchill

For more than 20 years I have had the great fortune of being able to pursue a career in the improvement of fish populations through the restoration of natural habitat in New South Wales, Australia. My work, however, could be substantially improved through greater support from recreational fishers. And this is where Mr Winston Churchill comes in!

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29 Mar 2014
Fellowship of musicians blew mind of sound engineer Dax Liniere

Canberra music producer and sound engineer Dax Liniere travelled around the globe for the chance to learn from the giants of his industry. Aided by a prestigious Churchill Trust fellowship, the 32-year-old took the leap to France, Germany and Britain to learn new mixing and production techniques from the creative minds behind Led Zeppelin, U2, the Smashing Pumpkins and Alanis Morissette.

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28 Mar 2014
Workplace visit to hear stories from the Inside

Victoria's Churchill Fellows' Association (CFA) is offering people the chance to visit the Youth Unit at Port Phillip Prison on Sunday 13 April, to see the difference Youth Worker and Churchill Fellow Anne Hooker, has made to the lives of young male prisoners.

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13 Mar 2014
A new privacy policy for the Trust

With effect from 12 March 2014, a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) replaced the existing National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles for which the Churchill Trust now adheres.

The policy contains information on how the Trust collects, holds, uses and discloses personal information

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12 Mar 2014
Event Alert: Churchill Chat in Canberra

The ACT Churchill Fellows’ Association invites you and your guests to this exciting event.

Thursday 27th March 2014 at 7pm
ACT Legislative Assembly Building Civic Square
Light refreshments will be provided

Meet and hear ACT Fellows reflect on their fascinating projects...

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10 Feb 2014
Network, Train, Travel, Seek Adventure in your 70s, 80s and 90s.

An all over 70’s workforce for a needle factory, a retirement village that requires you to sign up to work, study or volunteering to live there, a course that helps you intentionally design your years post retirement. These are just a few examples of the businesses, organisations and people who are championing the reinvention movement. They’re dramatically shifting what retirement and getting old looks like with new kinds of roles full of purpose, challenge and joy.

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4 Feb 2014
AIM Focus: Pool resources to share the rewards

Anthony Black speaks to AIM Churchill Fellowship winner Mark Bell. Bell is business development manager for Regional Development Australia (Murraylands and Riverland). He is also an APEC certified business counsellor and has been a business coach for 11 years.

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29 Jan 2014
Churchill Fellows recognised with Australia Day Honours

Think you’ve got what it takes to make the Australia Day Honours List? If you’re thinking of applying for a Churchill Fellowship, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream.

The call for applications from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust coincides with the news that several Churchill Fellows were recognised on the 2014 Australia Day Honours List.

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28 Jan 2014
Information Session for applicants in Queensland

An information session will be held on Friday 7 February in Newstead Queensland to promote awareness of the Churchill Fellowships, providing advice to potential applicants on how to apply.

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18 Jan 2014
Fellowship winner gains wealth of experience from European tour

In one of his speeches, to Harrow School in 1941, British prime minister Winston Churchill said, ''Never give in.''

Dianna Nixon followed his advice, appropriately enough, in applying for a Churchill Fellowship, which provides an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. She received one in 2012 on her fifth attempt since 1999.

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15 Jan 2014
Life-Changing Fellowships

Rouse Hill resident Louise Zarmati used the $20,000 fellowship last year to visit England, Slovenia, Croatia and the US, studying innovative museum and heritage education programs.

The education consultant encourages others to have a go. “I definitely recommend this to others as it’s non-academical,” she said.

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15 Jan 2014
'Reinvention' spurs retirees to stay active after work

The Glynde couple are part of a new generation of retirees who refuse to settle into their armchairs as they get older.

Mr Skibneff, 87, works in administration for the ACH Group, a not-for-profit organisation offering aged and veteran care around Adelaide, for two and a half days a week. His wife, 77, is learning to sing and organises the local choir group.

Mike Rungie, who won a Churchill Fellowship to research life after retirement, said the Skibneffs were shining examples of the reinvention movement.

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14 Jan 2014
Information Session for applicants in the Northern Territory

An information session will be held on Tuesday 28 January in Darwin to promote awareness of the Churchill Fellowships, providing advice to potential applicants on how to apply.

All Northern Territory residents who wish to ‘explore their passion overseas’ are invited to attend this event. Guest speakers will include Fellowship recipients Josephine Buck and Jared Sharp who will share their insightful personal experiences as Churchill Fellows.

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10 Jan 2014
Travel the world for free with $20K research grant

TERRITORIANS are being encouraged to apply for the Churchill Fellowships which every year see more than 100 Australians awarded a travel grant worth an average of $20,000 each.

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9 Jan 2014
Churchill Scholarship offers people chance to travel overseas to improve lives of Australians

Forest Lodge resident Sean O'Toole is the director of learning and development at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and was one of a hundred Australians who won a scholarship in 2012.

It allowed him to see the best practice worldwide in career development and enhancing education of indigenous people.

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28 Dec 2013
Corey Payne reflects on the "remarkable experience" of playing sport in some of the world's most disadvantaged areas

LIFE after League has taken former Bulldogs forward Corey Payne to some of the most confronting and inspiring corners of the world.

The NSW Young Australian of the Year has been on a three-month tour of the some of the world's most disadvantaged communities as part of his $20,000 Fellowship through the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

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17 Dec 2013
Trust CEO speaks with ABC Radio about the benefits of a Fellowship

CEO of the Churchill Trust Mr Paul Tys spoke to Terry Begley 612 ABC Radio Brisbane yesterday...hear how a Churchill Fellowship is the research and travel opportunity of a lifetime!

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17 Dec 2013
Fellowship allows for fishing

Lennox Head man Craig Copeland was awarded a Churchill Fellowship this year and it allowed him to travel to the US, Ireland and Britain to look into the motivations for recreational fishers to restore fish habitat.

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12 Dec 2013
Churchill Fellow grows Australia's dried rose petal industry

Sarah Sammon (nee Benjamin) was awarded the Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship in 2006 which saw her travel throughout the world to investigate the processing, packaging, marketing and storage of premium dried petals and their value adding potential for Australian flower growers.

Sarah's business Simply Rose Petals has just won the 2013 NSW Special Services category of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for the second year running.

Read on to see how Sarah established her business and the high profile it has gained after providing all the petals for the recent Australian TV series of ‘The Bachelor’.

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10 Dec 2013
Churchill Fellow wins Australian Telstra Business of the Year Award 2013

Telstra's 21st Business Awards recognise the entrepreneurs in small and medium businesses across Australia. This year's overall winner, Bruny Island Cheese Co., co-owned by 2012 Churchill Fellow Nick Haddow, defies its island isolation off the south-east coast of Tasmania to pop 27,0000 kilograms of artisan cheese into Aussie mouths every year.

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6 Dec 2013
Media Release: Churchill Trust says life can start at 60 - Retiree reinvention the new trend

Australians are living longer, healthier and happier lives, and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is now taking applications for its Geoffrey White Churchill Fellowship – a paid opportunity to research ways to engage older Australians to participate in the workforce and other activities.

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5 Dec 2013
Media Release: Churchill Trust calls on Crime Combatants

The $20,000 Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship is now offered to those involved in law enforcement and related fields to study methods of investigating and bringing to light organised crime.

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5 Dec 2013
Media Release: Churchill Trust seeks applicants to transform the Australian Property Landscape

The Churchill Trust has announced that applications are now open for its $20,000 AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship, which funds overseas travel for recipients to undertake research in the field of domestic architecture, building and planning.

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1 Nov 2013
Media Release: Applications open for the travel and research opportunity of a lifetime

A Churchill Fellowship where you design your own research, travel the world, expand your skills and make a positive contribution to Australia: it’s not a dream, it’s an opportunity available today.

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31 Oct 2013
Applications are now Open

You can now apply online

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28 Jun 2013
Ballarat blacksmith earns recognition for his passion

THERE are certain arts and crafts that are typically perceived as irrelevant today. But Tim Bignell is determined to prove that blacksmithing is not among them.

The 34-year-old Ballarat blacksmith has spent years mastering his chosen art, demonstrating how his work is not synonymous with making horse shoes.

Mr Bignell recently received the Churchill Fellowship...He said his travels would allow him to gain skills and knowledge in traditional blacksmithing techniques.

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