Handbook for Allied Health Researchers

This handbook targets beginning researchers in the allied health professions. It addresses how to design and execute a research project and provides tips and advice in a clear and user friendly format.

The Handbook for Allied Health Researchers, published by the Menzies Foundation, is designed to promote research in clinical practice and to assist new researchers to “get started”.  It is the result of a multi-disciplinary collaboration across Allied Health disciplines including psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and social workers.

Details on the contents and contributors are shown below.

The cost is $33 (GST Inc) plus postage. We believe that the volume will interest students, researchers and academics, including those who are not directly involved in one of the allied health disciplines.  


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A Smile for My Parents

1 October 2013

Book Launch at The Menzies Foundation

Speech by Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP

Josh Frydenberg and Heather HendersonA Smile for My Parents is a remarkable new book. Its pages spring to life with little known anecdotes and vignettes about the lives of two special Australians, Robert and Pattie Menzies. Its author, Heather Henderson, has successfully achieved her aim of bringing her parents "to life as real people" and showing why the former Australian diplomat and war veteran Walter Crocker was right when he once said to her "you are one of fortune's most favoured children". As readers we learn early on of the proud Menzies and Leckie families: both close-knit, with Christian values, links to country Victoria and steeped in political tradition. Robert Menzies' parents on both sides had family members in the state or federal parliament and Pattie Menzies' father, John Leckie, was the member for Indi and later a Victorian senator who served in his son-in-law's cabinet.

Something Leckie would not have foreseen when decades earlier a young and nervous Robert went around to seek permission from John to take his daughter's hand in marriage. Finding Leckie pruning the roses, Menzies couldn't quite get the words out, leaving Leckie to go inside and say to his daughter, "I just wish Robert would get on with it". The author opens our eyes to Robert Menzies' love of poetry and literature and his workmanlike approach to perfecting the art of public speaking. As a young boy he was late to offer his first words, doing so aged three; he was later to say that was only because he didn't want to make a fool of himself by making mistakes. His uncle Syd Sampson attended Menzies' first political speech, afterwards telling him it might have been good if it were being delivered at the High Court, but that it was inappropriate for a political meeting. For Sampson, a good political speech involved speaking simply, introducing a little humour and to keep repeating a few uncomplicated ideas.

Letters to My Daughter

3 August 2011

Book Launch by The Hon Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, CVO

at the Menzies Foundation

Mrs Heather Henderson

Heather hendersonIt is nearly three years since I decided to publish my father’s letters to me. It is most heartening for me, and for all those who encouraged me to go ahead, that the letters have turned into such a substantial and good-looking book - interesting and easily readable. A friend of mine has written “Your father always had a way with words and it is wonderful to hear him speaking again.”

The launching of “Letters to My Daughter” at the Menzies Foundation headquarters has been the icing on the cake - my birthday “cake” on 3rd August. Everything was organised to perfection by John Mathews, Sandra Mackenzie and Pam Shearman. The gathering of the Menzies clan and friends could not have been happier.

As the “launcher” Sir Guy Green gave a magnificent speech. It was clear he had put a huge amount of time and work into writing it. Everyone who was there kept talking about it, and many rang me afterwards to say “What a wonderful speech.” I am enormously grateful to Sir Guy: now everyone can read what he said.