Source: (2007) The Winston Memotial Churchill Trust of Australia.

While managing the Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Taskforce (ACSAT) for the NSW Attorney General’s Department, I met so many Aboriginal people across the state that have been failed by the criminal justice and child protection systems that are mandated to deal with child sexual abuse. After we had done some research into alternative system, there looked to be some hope. In Canada a number of holistic healing models, working in partnership with government systems, were having some amazing results. We were on one of our many road trips, talking about the issues and becoming really hopeful that something like this could work here in Australia, when Aunty Melva Kennedy, a 2001 Churchill Fellow and ACSAT member encouraged me to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, so that I could go to Canada and see how these programs were working. (excerpt)