Fellowship Award Winners 2017
Betty Patterson Award:
Fellowships are named after outstanding women graduates who have contributed to these awards by dedicated voluntary service over many years. The following were awarded Fellowships for post-graduate study commencing in 2017:
Mary McSweeney Fellowship
Fiona Russo has an MBA from Southern Cross University and an extensive background in business. As the primary carer and advocate for her profoundly disabled daughter she is aware of the particular challenges facing parents of children with disabilities. Her PhD research is focussed on how health professionals can best predict the support needs of carers so they can be effective advocates able to navigate the health, education and social services systems to come up with the best outcomes for those in their care.
Betty Patterson Fellowship
Laya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Translation and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and is currently enrolled as a PhD student at The University of Queensland. As a migrant herself she is eager to explore the ways in which other migrant women who settle in Australia under humanitarian and non-humanitarian visas overcome the challenges of settling in a new society; in particular, the barriers they face and factors affecting their integration or disengagement from the host country.
Dorothy Davidson Fellowship