Official news, updates and media releases on the Menzies Foundation activity are available here.

Engaging with the US

22 March 2016

Patrick MayohWhen he headed off to Harvard late last year, 2015 Harvard Menzies Scholar, Patrick Mayoh, had some pretty clear goals.

One of them was that in his future career he wanted to use his public policy experience to help shape Australia’s engagement with the US.

20 years of fostering leadership in rural Victoria

11 March 2016

In 1894 Sir Robert MeBell familynzies, Australia’s longest-serving Prime Minister, was born in Jeparit, a small country town in far Western Victoria.

A century later the Menzies Centenary Prize, currently valued at $10,000, was created with the support of the Menzies Foundation and its Alumni to honour the legacy of Sir Robert and to support the dux of Dimboola Memorial Secondary College (the closest high school to Jeparit) to attend university.

Back to school support

1 February 2016

Back to School program supporting families in the WimmeraAs students head back to school, the Menzies Foundation has provided some additional financial support to families in the Wimmera region of Victoria by partnering with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to fund back to school vouchers.

A decade of leadership

27 January 2016

Professor Kim Rubenstein1991 Menzies Scholar to Harvard, feminist, citizenship expert and chair of the Menzies Scholarship to Harvard Committee, Professor Kim Rubenstein, is stepping down as Director of the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) after 10 years.

New book on the continuity of legal systems

18 January 2015

New book by Dr Benjamin Spagnolo

With a look into our legal system from colonial times through to the 21st century, Dr Benjamin Spagnolo has published his first book, examining the phenomenon of the continuity of legal systems with a particular focus on Australian law and history.

Zhi takes eye research to the States

14 January 2016

Dr Zhichao Wu with a film crew

A man whose early career is already making a difference for those with age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, 2013 Menzies Allied Health Research Scholar, Dr Zhichao Wu, heads off to the United States this week for the next stage of his research.

Telescopes to aid low vision drivers

7 January 2016

Sharon Oberstein with Bioptic Spectacles (Credit UNSW)Bioptic telescopes, or spectacles which have a small device attached to greatly magnify long-distance vision, are a key tool in helping people with central vision impairment to drive. Unfortunately for some of the 180,000 Australians suffering from low vision, they’re not included in the standard guidelines for conditional driving licences in Australia. This can often impact the ability of somebody with low vision to maintain independence in activities of daily living, such as commuting to work.

Accountability and integrity drive 2016 Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholar

23 November 2015

Joel Gilbourd with colleagues on his overseas volunteer placementA lawyer with a drive to ensure accountability and integrity in the use of foreign aid has been awarded the 2016 Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law.

Sydney lawyer, Joel Gilbourd, who is currently on an overseas volunteer placement, will be the first Menzies Scholar to study at Georgetown University in Washington, which he chose for its alignment with his desire to work with the World Bank and eventually in aid policy.