Past Fellowships

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Past Fellowships with The Creswick Foundation

Our past fellowships have been very successful in the exploration and spreading of awareness of psychological, emotional and social issues of children and young people. We have broken down our list of projects sponsored by the Foundation into three parts: 

  • Visits by Australians to Centres of Excellence
  • Visits by overseas experts to Australia
  • Projects undertaken within Australia
Where indicated, a report of the project can be downloaded in pdf format. This requires Adobe PDF Reader. If you do not have this, it can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website by clicking on the icon on the Applications page.

Visits by Australians to Centres of Excellence



2015

No awards were made in this category this year.


2014

  • Investigated Mellow Parenting Training, a Scottish charity researching, developing and implementing attachment-based parenting programs (Beverley Allen, Queen Elizabeth Centre) $14,960
  • Developed resources for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder intervention and training in Australia (Dr Kerryn Bagley, Private Practice) $11,890
  • To ascertain and study developments in assessing father's roles and behaviour in parenting (Dawson Cooke, Private Practice) $6,000
  • Visits to four health research institutes in Canada to study how they organise knowledge exchange and research translation activities (Sue West, Centre for Community Child Health) $12,460

2013

  • Studied the application of interventions informed by the neurosequential model of therapeutics (NMT), such as sensory and self-regulatory activities and the impact these interventions have had in addressing trauma recovery for infants, children and adolescents : $19,643
  • To further interrogate the work of Prof Louise Hammeter and the Teaching Pyramid and bring these learnings back to Australia to inform policy change and sector development : $12,091

2012

  • Investigated innovative service delivery models for implementing early intervention in childhood feeding disorders : $9,485

2011

  • Collaborated with world leaders of internet interventions to attempt to improve mental health and well-being for young people in Australia: $10,000
  • Giving children and young people ‘a voice’ in decisions regarding treatment and intervention through purposeful and informed infant observation: $8500

2010

  • Investigation of the use of speech pathology in the criminal justice system: $22,510
  • Increased awareness of, and advocacy for, adolescents with language impairment: $15,000

2009

No new awards were made in this category this year

2008

No awards were made in this category this year

2007

  • Ascertained latest methods of management and treatment of adolescents who undertake sexually problematic and abusive behaviours: $13,520
  • Researched approaches to early intervention to mitigate negative effects of schizophrenia and related psychiatric disorders: $14,528
  • Visited world class facilities involved in research, policy and practice of new models for integrated service delivery in early childhood development and family support: $12,643

Visits by overseas experts to Australia


2015

  • Prof Frank Oberklaid, CCCH, three year project to raise the issue of child mental health in the minds of policy makers and the community: $39,325
  • Prof Harriet Hiscock, MCRI, to bring Prof Paul Gringas to Australia to share his knowledge of clinical interventions for paediatric sleep disorders, $12,900
  • Prof Rosemary Horne and Dr Sarah Biggs, Hudson Institute, to bring Assoc Prof Montgomery-Downs to Australia to provide targeted sleep health education and develop future institutional strategies for future public health campaigns to eliminate the debilitating effects of sleep disorder in children, $8,190
  • Prof Campbell Paul, Melbourne University, Dept of Psychiatry to bring Prof Robert Emde to Australia to inspire and develop leadership from mental health professionals, $14,710
  • Ms Samantha Page, ECA, to bring Dr Chip Donohue to a series of forums to build networks, $10,000-$12,000.
  • ECA: $12,000; advice to refer to visit to an aboriginal community, visit to Canberra (to meet politicians, key advisers etc), parents’ seminar and media dialogue having been discussed but not being a condition of the grant


2014

  • Awarded to Julie Sweetland, Director of Learning at the Frameworks Institute. Came to Australia to provide intensive support and technical assistance to knowledge translation staff at the Centre for Community Child Health $18,714
  • Dr Charles E Pascal, Professor of Applied Psychology & Human Development, OISE/University of Toronto, was brought to Australia for the 2015 Early Childhood Education Conference $10,300 

2013

  • Prof Iram Siraj-Blatchford shared her knowledge and experience working with vulnerable children : $9,300
  • Prof Torkel Klingberg presented on the Cogmed Program designed to improve attention and working memory skills in children : &15,350
  • Prof Moira Inkelas shared her knowledge and experience of strategic communication and continuous service improvement in early childhood services; we also sent two Australians overseas to study this field : $26,380

2012

  • Assoc Prof Louise Hammeter took part in a major conference, a series of seminars, a field trial of her 'teaching pyramid' and related activities : $11,180
  • Prof Tony Simon helped raise awareness, improve understanding, assist remote families and work with psychologists with respect to 22q11 deletion (di George syndrome) : $16,000
  • Two experts (Assoc Prof Kahn and Dr Peter Lachman) achieved an improved understanding of change management and facilitation at the local level and the beginnings of a national conversation about measuring quality in community-based services : $25,000

2011

  • Three experts from overseas assisted in the development of strategies to respond to the information provided by the Australian Early Development Index: $25,000
  • An expert from overseas taught innovative, equitable and socially relevant curricula, in the context of homosexuality and AIDS to take part in seminars and a conference: $5022.62

2010

  • An expert in communications strategy from overseas with relevant experience in preparation of messages with regard to early childhood programs to assist in the development of such programs in Australia: $22,000
  • An expert in conduct disorder in children and young people aged from 2 to 12 to took part in a conference, seminars and meetings with government advisors: $16,000
  • An expert in innovation in early childhood programs participated in a conference, seminars and workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners and policy-makers: $4,422
  • Expert in involving parents in their children’s learning program and developing leadership programs for those involved in encouraging that involvement: $7,200

2009

  • An expert from abroad particpated in a conference and practitioners’ workshop with regard to an interdisciplinary, relation-based home visiting program to support young ‘at risk’ mothers: $12,000
  • One expert supported the development of research based to assist professionals in the early detection of problems and share knowledge of overseas coordinated systems: $24,000
  • One of two proposed experts integrated childhood care and education and children’s attitudes about race and economic class to Australia to take part in a conference and workshops: $7500
  • Supported a conference in which it was proposed that experts on engaging the community and social inclusion respectively would take part: $6000

2008

  • Two experts from overseas lead a series of training workshops regarding family-based attachment therapy: $19,869
  • An expert in innovative public policies in early childhood intervention and education undertook addresses, seminars, workshops, media appearances and meetings (including with policy makers): $25,000
  • An expert in social inclusion and diversity addressed a conference and met with practitioners and others in metropolitan and non-metropolitan settings: $12,120
  • An expert on the avoidance of bias in curriculum design spoke at a conference and take part in seminars and meetings: $5,480
  • We enabled ten early childhood sector professionals to attend a conference at which experts from overseas would be speaking: $10,000

2007

  • An expert informed and influenced Government policies in relation to preferred or recommended methods of behaviour support in schools: $3,250
  • An expert shared expertise on work with disadvantaged communities and multicultural educational programs: $5,540
  • An expert in early childhood intervention programs participated in a conference and related seminars and meetings: 10,740
  • We funded practitioner delegates to attend seminars involving an expert from overseas in the management and treatment of child trauma: $6240

Projects undertaken within Australia

The Foundation is open to innovative applications for projects to be undertaken within Australia for the advancement of child development and mental health, although these are rarely supported. Two examples can be cited:

The Free Kindergarten Union was sponsored for the “Challenging Child Project” which looked at innovative ways of responding to behaviourally-disturbed children in kindergartens.

The Centre for Community Child health at Melbourne University was sponsored for a sequence of visiting overseas experts in the pre-school child development field aimed at influencing public policy for children’s services. The sequence was not funded as a block, but each step was separately appraised.

Each of these applications was considered on its merits with regard to the best use of available funds for achievement of the Foundation’s aims, and in relation to competing demands for support of other applications.

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