Inspiring Canberrans awarded prestigious Fellowship

23 Jun 2015

Nine people from the ACT will explore their passion and seek out innovative ideas to bring back to the ACT and Australia.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is proud today to confirm the nine talented individuals who have received a Fellowship and will travel overseas.

They are part of group of 109 Australian men and women who will pursue research overseas before returning home with insights to enhance our communities.

More than 4000 Australians have received this Fellowship in the 50 years of the Trust, and these 2015 Fellows will become part of Sir Winston Churchill’s living legacy.

The Churchill Trust was established 50 years ago, immediately after Sir Winston Churchill’s death on 24 January 1965.

The Fellows are all well positioned in their fields to make a real difference to Australia, and the Trust grants a unique opportunity to help them gain unfettered access to world-experts in areas that still need development here at home.

“The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust offers warm congratulations to this year’s recipients for their achievements so far, and wait in anticipation for their work to come,” said CEO of the Trust, Paul Tys.

“We encourage people from every branch of research and expertise to travel abroad in order to gain insight into best practice, and to access all the latest and greatest advancements and innovations.

“Each of the 2015 Fellows possess incredible talent and passion, and they all have a defined purpose: to benefit their communities, and the wider Australian community.

“During the 50 years the Fellowships have been awarded, we have seen remarkable ability and innovation, and 2015 is no exception – the quality of this year’s Fellows is outstanding.

“The work of the ACT Fellows exemplifies the emphasis placed on community in the Churchill Fellowship – all of the projects are centred on the benefits they could bring to society.”

Some of the innovative projects from the ACT include:

  • Examining models for addressing domestic violence, to inform broader Australian policy.
  • Engineering nitric oxide breath sensors to assist in the diagnosis and management of asthma.
  • Investigating treatment of head injuries, and how to reintegrate people into the local community.

The Fellowships are valued at an average of $25,000 each, and will see the Fellows travel to the far edges of the globe in search of excellence.

For more information about the Churchill Trust, including the work of Fellows, see

The full list of ACT recipients is included below.

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

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

Dr David Connery – DEAKIN
The Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship to enhance information sharing between law enforcement, business and community about organised crime – USA, Canada, UK

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

Ms Andrea Ho – CANBERRA
To investigate practical strategies for improving cultural diversity in Australian media – UK, Sweden

Dr Trevor Rapson – CANBERRA
To engineer nitric oxide breath sensors to assist in the diagnosis and management of asthma – UK, USA.

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

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

Ms Helen Willetts – CIVIC SQUARE
To investigate the use of structured assessment tools in family law matters – UK, USA

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