Scholarship recipients

Elizabeth Waters Memorial Travel Scholarship Recipient Reports

Elizabeth Waters
Vale Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Waters 1996 - 2015

Early in 2016, the Elizabeth Waters Memorial Travel Scholarship was established by Liz’s friends and family to honour two of Liz’s great passions in life: excellence in child public health and travel.

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  • Dana Young 2018

    Reflections from the World Congress of Sociology of Sport, Dunedin NZ

    Dana in Dunedin

    It was such a privilege to receive a travel scholarship in Liz’s name, and now reflecting on what was shared and gained by this international scholar travel opportunity allows me to appreciate the opportunity further.

    My aim for the scholarship was to firstly further my academic career by enabling the fostering of networks with academics aligned closely to the field in which I will conduct my PhD research. Secondly the congress was to be an opportunity to raise the profile of the current work undertaken by The Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, through the presentation of key findings from the Count Me In project, a research action project understanding the role of sports participation at local sports clubs for facilitating social cohesion and improving health, wellbeing and resilience in children and youth from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

    I can happily say attending the World Congress of Sociology of Sport in April 2019, an annual conference organized by the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), was extremely worthwhile. It was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, a quaint and beautiful city. Attendance at this conference was an unfamiliar crossover from my field of public health into sociology, and initially I did feel like a fish out of water. By the end of the conference I came away knowing that using sociological skills learnt at the congress to understand an issue and my public health skills to design interventions to trial solutions is where my academic passion lies.  

    Dana presenting in Dunedin

    For the first time a pre-congress PhD workshop was offered. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend this two-day workshop where general skills on how to thrive during a PhD were discussed. This opportunity was fantastic as I was able to network with like-minded PhD students, all interested in understanding how sport can play a role in our lives. This peer networking not only facilitated links with up and coming scholars who have a similar interest, but I formed rich friendships with people around the world. The organizers of this workshop from the University of Otago were extremely generous, arranging a bus tour of the city and arranged group dinners each night – which is always much appreciated!

    My presentation on ‘Count Me In’ generated great interest and enabled me to connect with prominent Australian researchers who have a particular interest in understanding how sport can be a ‘hook’ for programs that aim to facilitate integration for refugee and newly arrived migrants.  

    Thank you to Paul, Charlie and Lara and the scholarship committee of Liz’s friends and colleagues for this wonderful opportunity to travel internationally, in which I was able to connect with other scholars that has positively influenced my PhD research and the Count Me In project.

      • Eva Alisic 2018

        The Elizabeth Waters Scholarship has been such a wonderful opportunity! My aim for the scholarship was to build and strengthen connections with researchers and practitioners in the field of children’s (post-trauma) mental health, with a focus on Africa and South-East Asia through interactive conferences, and Australia through research meetings. Within the scholarship year, this has led to multiple opportunities. One highlight was the opportunity to participate in and present at the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference, held in Malaysia in December 2018 (see picture). I met several researchers there who do mental health and mental health systems research in South-East Asia and learned about local approaches to research collaboration.


        A second highlight was the 5th edition of the Africa Science Leadership Program, where I learned about large, community-oriented mental health projects in Uganda and Zimbabwe, among others. The multi-day program also coincided with several other workshops at the Future Africa campus, including on transdisciplinary research and the process of translating research findings into policy outcomes. The programs brought over 100 researchers from across the African continent as well as from other continents together, and it was very inspiring to see examples of collaborations across a diversity of ‘boundaries’.


        Third was the 10-year anniversary of the Global Young Academy (see picture), which brought global researchers together in Germany. In this context, the most impressive conversations I had related to initiatives to improve support for refugees and migrants. All these international visits, from the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference to the Global Young Academy meeting were incredibly rich in challenging assumptions and looking for creative ways to work together for a common good.


        Finally, closer to home, a highlight of the Scholarship was a visit to Brisbane where I had the opportunity to talk about children’s mental health after fatal family violence for an audience of over 100 attendants including clinical and research staff from Queensland Health and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

        The various elements of the Scholarship together have given me substantial food for thought. One of the ideas that I would like to progress to scale up our visiting scholarship opportunities and/or organise an international research workshop to continue the conversations that have started. A second, more concrete outcome, is that I’m working on a new paper regarding child traumatic stress interventions with colleagues involved in the Brisbane visit. And third, both the Global Young Academy and Queensland visits involved participation in (video) recordings; once available, these will help with communicating my work going forward.

        A big thank you to the Scholarship committee for awarding me this wonderful opportunity, and to everyone involved in the organisation of the visits involved in the Scholarship, including (but not limited to!) the Global Young Academy team, the Future Africa team, the ASEAN Young Scientists Network, Dr Alex De Young, Dr Orakanoke Phanraksa, Prof Abhi Veerakumarasivam and Prof Bernard Slippers.
        • Martin Hall 2016

          This scholarship was used to support Ms Ana Tilman a Dental Therapist working as the program officer of Kose Nehan, a school oral health program in Timor Leste, to travel to Melbourne for a 3 weeks study tour. The Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program is concerned with the key drivers for child health and this scholarship has contributed to this via allowing an international child oral health worker the opportunity to learn and collaborate with the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program team and other health service providers.

          The purpose of her visit was:

          • Attending a training program in epidemiology at the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
          • Exposure to Victorian public oral health including an Aboriginal community controlled health organisation
          • Attending  a conference  “Putting the Mouth Back into the Body” held at North Richmond Community Health
          • Promotion of the Kose Nehan Oral Health Program

          Outcome of award:

          Networking and increasing awareness of child oral health in Timor Leste

          • Presentation at “Putting the Mouth back into the Body” conference
          • Presentation at two Timor Leste friendship organisation functions – Friends of Baucau committee meeting and Friends of Aileu dinner function
          • Primary school visit

          Ana’s conference attendance, her visit to an Australian school and Timor friendship organisations to promote Kose Nehan enhanced her confidence and advocacy skills. She was successfully able to describe and educate the Australian audience in the poor oral health situation in her country and the challenges of developing an oral health program to meet those needs. Her engagement with the friendship groups encouraged them to support an expansion of the Kose Nehan to 12 more schools.

          Image: Martin Hall and Ana Tilman

          Observation of public oral health in Victoria

          • Clinical activities at North Richmond Community Health
          • Pearly White aged care outreach program
          • Chompers school oral health program
          • Robinvale Aboriginal Oral health Program at Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative

          Ana was exposed to many facets of the Victorian oral health service, this experience broadened her knowledge of the range of services and sites where outreach dental care can be successful. She had the opportunity to directly observe clinical treatments, Australian standards of care including infection control and modern materials used in a preventive based program. These are directly applicable to the further development of dental services in Timor Leste and contributed to her ability to influence decisions made in the Kose Nehan program.

          Skills Development and Capacity Building in Health Promotion

          • Attended training  in health promotion and basic qualitative evaluation
          • Delivered Health education classes in Australian schools

          Anna‘s training in health promotion and evaluation while in Melbourne have supported the further implementation and evaluation of Kose Nehan oral health program. She is now collecting and collating monthly data and writing reports on those activities for evaluation purposes.

          Extension of the Kose Nehan Program

          • Two new districts are now included in the Kose Nehan program

          Ana’s health promotion and evaluation skills now being used at two additional districts (Baucau and Maubisse) following the expansion of Kose Nehan. A total of 18 schools (~3,000 children) are now under her supervision for tooth brushing and preventive based care. The scholarship also developed her confidence and leadership capabilities. As a result local dental staff led by Ana are now taking ownership for Kose Nehan and supporting its expansion to those other districts

          All activities Anna engaged in while in Victoria and the skills/experiences she developed and how it is being used to improve child oral health in Timor Leste.

        • Ana Tilman 2016

          I would like to said thank you very much for Director of University Melbourne Dra. Lisa with her team that gave me true the scholarship and I would like to said thank you very much for Dr. Martin Hall with all the doctors, I have learn so many things from Director University Melbourne Dra. Lisa and all the Doctors from Clinical North Richmond Community Health (NRCH)  and I would like to said thank you for Mana Marcella because she drop me visit school RMIT to observation check the students practise. Before the students go to practise Mana Marcella teach me with a students about how to do the treatment when the patient visit you in a clinic and how you are work as Doctor.

          Image: Ana with Lenore Tuckerman (Colgate) 

          I am very appreciated  to all the doctors, Dental Nurses from NRCH because they are very happy to see me when I visit the Clinical NRCH and they are very helpful when I observation with them when the patient come and do the treatment. They are teaching me about infection control ,how do we clean the Dental Chair when we finished do the treatment for the patient, when we are as assistant to help doctor if the doctors asked you to take some equipment you should took the gloves out, you can’t take with a gloves because it was dirty, they tell me you should changes the mask and gloves one patient one gloves and one mask do not used the mask permanent because it was dirty to other ways it will bring the dirty for your health when you bread. They are teach me the position if am work as operator to do the treatment for the patient and they are teach me how do we used the words to talk to the patient when the patient visit the clinic or Hospital. When I have learn all this experience that teach/share by all the Doctors and Dental Nurses in NRCH, I compared is very different when I have learn in east Timor because it’s look different more then my Country.

          Image: Ana with one of Aunti Barb's art works in Robinvale 

          Thank you very much for supporting me to do the Kose Nehan Program in east Timor especially Dra. Martin Hall, Dr. Bradly Cristian, Dra. Rachel, Dra. Roonie Lay, Mana Maria, Mana Sally Vong and Mana Lydia, Mana Marcella, Mr.Christoper Dureau  and also some Doctors and some Dental Nurses in NRCH, thanks for the experience and supporting from Dra. Lisa because Dra. Lisa is very good and help me to understand about how to do the Program Kose Nehan in East Timor.

          I hope all this experience and all the knowledge that you all gave me as key to keep in my brain or save inside my heart as skills to help my community in my beloved country East Timor. I am very appreciate for University Melbourne Dra .Lisa and NRCH can gave me the opportunity to learn the knowledge, the experience, the skills, the motivation, advise, lesson and all this knowledge can make me understand to runny the Program Kose Nehan in East Timor.

          Image: Ana and Aunti Barb 

          Thank for you all helping because true the Kose Nehan Program we can make a relationship between NRCH, University Melbourne and East Timor. I am very happy to get more second opportunity fly to Melbourne to visit Clinic NRCH and Dra. Lisa in Melbourne University to learn more some knowledge from Dra. Lisa because I want to learn more, the skills that I have learn before when I visit Melbourne is not enough I want to learn more. The knowledge that I have learn in My Country when I compared with the knowledge that I have learn in you Country with Dra. Lisa and NRCH is very different. When I have seen the laboratory is very good more then in east Timor when I compared  “Thanks”

          I would like to said Thank you very much for My Lovely Dr. Martin Hall with his family, Dra. Rachel with her family, Dra. Roonie Lay with her lovely husband Mr. James and My lovely Mana Lidia Chung with her family, Mana Sally Vong with her family and Mana Annie with her family, thank you for you all kind and helping by your heart because you all can give me a nice place to sleep, food for me and every things that you all gave me, bought for me, and you are all very happy to drop me to visit you house and slept with your family in your house.

          Image: Ana with Rex Pilots at Mildura Airport 

          Even I have nothing to gave you all but I always pray for you all May God help you all and bless you all become health and protection you all to go for work, anywhere or travel to any Country the God is always with you to protect when you all have some trip.  

          I am very happy to see you all and your family again if I get the opportunity to visit you all because I really miss you all and I want to visit you back in a next day if I have the opportunity to fly back to your beloved country.
          I am apologized and said sorry if I have any mistakes that I did for you, when I visit you and your family I am as human and I can’t scaped from mistakes ’Thanks’

          Thank you for supporting Kose Nehan Program in East Timor.
          Thank you for NRCH and University Melbourne.

          This is My report trip when I visit NRCH and Melbourne University.
          That’s all and thanks you very much.