Scholarship Recipients and Reports

Scholarship Overviews

Below is a gallery of some of our alumni. Click on an image to read about a recipient’s scholarship.

Full Reports

Here are some of the reports and research generated by previous scholarship recipients sorted by year in PDF Format.




























List of Recipients


Jacob Riley SES – Community warnings and how they can be improved through technology to encourage protective action in emergencies

Luke Heagerty CFA –Incident management undertaken in collaboration with the private sector

Linda Jones VICPOL – Improving critical forensic document examination in Victoria

Geoff Ranzenhofer CFA – Best practice practical fire investigation training


James Bradley MFB – Operational preparedness, response and safety for emergency services responding to situations of hoarding

Carina Heppell SES (volunteer) – To identify whether people who live in different environments prepare, respond and recover differently to emergencies and why

Glenn Kroezen VICPOL – Best practice in safety, training, response and investigation techniques of clandestine drug manufacturing involving fentanyl and synthetic opiates

Kobi Laudani DELWP (seasonal firefighter) – To investigate aboriginal fire management techniques

Sam Miletta MFB – Tactical considerations for non-law enforcement first responders involved in warm zone operations during a hostile event

Melanie Mills EMV – To understand the application of the FEMA model at a local level to inform planning for the future


Darren Conlin MFB – Development of a terrorism response capability framework for non-law enforcement response agencies

Philip Richard Hawkey CFA – Traditional burning practice implications for planned burning in Victoria

Gavin Charles Parker CFA – Best practices for the prevention, detection and suppression of fire in open cut brown coal mines and power generation facilities

Craig Shepherd VICPOL – Gain specialist knowledge to develop a remote piloted aircraft & systems unit for Victoria Police

James Wong CFA – Implementation of self-contained breathing apparatus technology and innovations specifically targeting enhancements to emergency responder safety in irrespirable atmospheres within complex environments


Jason Behan VICPOL – Complete the multi-agency CBRN trainers’ course.

Wendy Coombes DEPI – Investigate best practice for use of detector dogs in emergency prevention and response in biosecurity surveillance programs

Georgina Davis AMBVIC – Best practice community cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) education campaigns

Reegan Keys EMV – Best practice in the way warnings and information is provided to international communities during emergencies

Wayne Rigg CFA – Aviation capability to meet an ‘all hazards, all agency, all year’ approach to protect Victorian communities


Faye Bendrups SES (volunteer) – Community preparedness, engagement and education

Paul Elso CFA – Prepare, respond and manage train incidents in Victoria

Michelle Murphy AMBVIC – High performance CPR

Duncan Worsfold DEPI – 3d’s of animal disease


Kylie Abraham VICSES (volunteer) – Maximising engagement of volunteer participants in emergency services training

Glen Bousa CFA (volunteer) – Utilising water support units

Tony Bundock CFA (volunteer) – Best practice models of building a resilient emergency and rescue service within a contracting fiscal environment

Michael Campbell MFB – Best practice in transferring emergency personnel and equipment to ships and strategies to combat marine fires and incidents

Carl Gibson CFA (volunteer) – Training methods to improve decision making and safety

Andrew McKee VICPOL – Opportunities to improve the delivery and development of eLearning programs to benefit multi agency training and response

Stephen Walls CFA – Multi agency training, education and professional development for strategic level incident managers


Matthew Anderson VICPOL – Complete the multi-Agency (tactical) CBRN command course

Cliff Overton MFB – Research into the planning and creation of resilient places through improvements in land use planning strategy, policy and regulation

Rick Owen CFA – Post fire atmospheric monitoring in structures for public and responder safety

Mark Swiney MFB – Benchmarking systems and structures of large scale crisis management against outcomes of emergency management reform

Kerryn Wratt AMBVIC – Improving pre-hospital care in remote and wilderness environments of Victoria

David Goldfinch CSTGD (volunteer) – Investigation into the development of crew protection systems for emergency services personnel working in the marine environment

Casey Nunn AMBVIC (volunteer) – An international perspective of techniques used to improve leadership skills and other schemes for the recruitment and retention of volunteers

Fiona Sewell CFA (volunteer) – Strategies to increase and sustain pre-incident resilience in emergency service groups


Lindsay Bent AMBVIC – Demand Modelling for medical response

Christopher Blackstock CFA – Using social media to aid decision making during an emergency

Marianne Brereton AMBVIC – Developing a model (HART) for paramedics to be deployed to major disasters

Stephen Luke St John Amb – Vol Evaluations of the impact on local health services of St John Ambulance pre hospital Medical Assistance team deployments at mass gatherings

Ross Mc Neill VICPOL – Evaluate methods used to evacuate residents in constricted locations during wildfire

Peter Olthoff VICSES (volunteer) – Flash Flooding warning systems

Kate Riddell AMBVIC (volunteer) – Understanding of current best practice in mental health first aid training for front line emergency services volunteers

Angela Seach CFA – Organisational responses to long term Psychological impacts of disaster on individuals and groups

Stuart Stuart VCC (volunteer) – Critical Incident stress management within the Government arrangements

Jonathan Van Ek MFB – Rapid extrication of time patients involved in motor incidents


Adam Barnett VFBA (volunteer) – EMR peer support

Geoff Dunmore VICSES (volunteer) – The latest developments in rescue vehicle and equipment technologies, design and practice

Rosie Keane AMBVIC (volunteer) – Strengthening the chain of survival

Tom Lowe DSE – Building community capacity to live with fire

Jonathan Payne VICPOL – Management of OH&S of emergency service employees in uncontrolled environments

Ron Sheppard AVCG (volunteer) – Risk management in recreational boating

Dalal Smiley MFB – Achieving diversity in the emergency services through positive action programs

Nigel Taylor LSV – Water safety for communities

Rohan Thorton CFA (volunteer) – Ways to improve the succession management of volunteers in senior positions

Graeme Winterton VCC (volunteer) – Emergency ministry


Julie Harris MFB – Knowledge transfer of vulnerable groups amongst various agencies

Mick Hermans VICPOL – The impacts of civil disturbance, obedience and public order in UK as part of event management

Peter Kueffer VIC SES – To identify best practice on responder resistance and resilience

Michael Whitty MFB – To consider expanded use of thermal imaging technology for responders


Glenn Jennings CFA – Safer vehicles, safer drivers

Adam Smibert MFB – The use of fire bikes in other countries

Jeff Green CFA – Cardiovascular fatality prevention

Douglas Hocking VICPOL – Emergency planning risk management in the university environment

Vicky Kyris VICPOL – Using corporate anthropology to enhance the alignment of corporate support services with frontline operations


Paul Jennings CFA – Incident reporting in the pre-hospital environment

Neil Bumpstead CFA – Integrated emergency services marine emergency response


John Cooke VICPOL – Research whether the English national driver improvement scheme can be applied in Victoria

Georgia Prattis MFB – Study of gender equality in the UK and how this can be applied to emergency services in Australia

Brett Boatman CFA – Alpine and cold weather firefighting techniques


James Unkles RAV – Helping the Helper: A study of CISM post September 11


Craig Simpson CFA – Simulation training with emphasis on multi agency response to terrorist incidents

Helen Bull CFA – How emergency service environmental practices can be improved whilst maintaining efficient and effective delivery of services

Rodney Harris MFB – Teenage driver education

John Fitzpatrick VICPOL – Dog-cam technology in search and other operations

Michael Vanderzalm SES – Advanced motor vehicle extraction techniques, instructions and scenario building


Robert Gatt VICPOL – Interaction between professional and volunteer search and rescue services

Mark Garvey CFA – Use of geographic information system technology in unforeseen emergencies


Gary White DNRE – Systems to recognise and address firefighting safety issues promptly, effectively and universally

Sharon Landers MFB – Models of community safety and injury prevention initiatives and coalitions

Bruce Tobin VICPOL – Releasing information via the internet during a crisis


David Woods MFB – Emergency management of firefighting tactics in underground tunnels

Bruce Knight VICPOL – Developments in the control of CBR incidents

Shane Wright MFB – CBR preparedness response and recovery initiatives

Anthony Pearce RAV – CBR preparedness response and recovery initiatives


Gregory McWilliam VICPOL – Arson and fire incident monitoring system

James Sams MAS – Use of rapid sequence intubations in emergency medical helicopter

Joseph Buffone SES – Alpine wilderness search and rescue

Alan Rhodes CFA – Investigating disaster resistant communities


Faye Valcanis DNRE – Reducing wildfires through education

Roy Marshall MFB – Fire legislation for public housing with emphasis on people with disabilities

Stephen Warren SES – Development and implementation of dam emergency management plans


Peter Seiz VICPOL – Arson investigation

Greg Bawden MFB – Computer aided dispatch

Steven Cowling MFB – Positive pressure ventilation and training strategies

Euan Ferguson CFA – Fire management of privately owned plantations

Kevin Loomes VICPOL – Major incident media strategies

Peter Cocks SES – Major incident media strategies

Gareth Davis SES – Flood response and mitigation strategies with table top exercises

Mark O’Çonnor MFB – Urban search and rescue

David Self MFB – First response role, MFB in emergency medical service


Gary Arnold VICPOL – Advanced explosives techniques course

Denis Rich MFB – Provisions of emergency medical services


David Nicholson MFB – Management of major emergency incidents with emphasis on the impact of civil disorders and terrorist actions on fire service procedures

Garry Lyttle CFA – Training concepts of volunteer fire brigades in the USA

David Gray CFA – Fire department response procedures


Trevor Perkins MFB – Philosophies, codes and principle for fire protection measures and practices for dangerous goods

Phil Harris MFB – Use of multi-disciplined task forces to investigate arson

Andrea Hinwood EPA – Environmental assessment and management of emergency incidents

Ross Penny DCNR – Smoke management issues

Gary Tennyson VICPOL – Airport emergency planning and procedures

Paul Jerome SES – Heavy vehicle rescue techniques and training methods


Euan Ferguson DCNR – Investigation of forest and rural fires in the USA

Ron Webb CFA – The management of career and volunteer fire fighting resources

Greg Gibson MAS – Role of quality assurance in pre-hospital emergency care

Michael Farrell MFB – Emergency service communications system


Barbara Morgan RLSS – Medical aspects of life saving-operations and technical equipment

Phillip Jordan VICROADS – Traffic management to improve the safe transport of hazardous goods

Doug Roberts VICPOL – Emergency management arrangements and DISPLAN

Alan Sullivan SES – Educating and informing the public in emergency management

Adrian Barry MFB – Impact of hazardous materials on the environment and emergency workers


Keith Adamson MFB – The development of an emergency service training complex

Fiona Hamilton Conservation Forests and Land Development – Investigation of a major computer system for fire protection/suppression

Patricia Murdoch SES – Surviving emergency stress

Kevin Murphy MAS – Litigation against paramedic and ambulance personnel

Geoff Shepard VICPOL – Delinquency control


James Doyle SES – Examination of road accident rescue techniques in South Australia

Doug Quilliam CFA – Examination of road accident rescue techniques in South Australia