Mahala McLindin

Mahala McLindin2013 Menzies Scholar in Engineering

Mahala holds the degree of BEng (Civil) with First Class Honours (2005) from the University of Sydney.
A water resources engineer with Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) in Sydney, Mahala has worked on a wide range of projects from integrated regional water planning to designs for individual projects, such as stormwater harvesting. She has also travelled overseas with Engineers without Borders, inspecting water projects in Cambodia and learning about the critical role of engineering in a developing nation.

Mahala will take the degree of MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at Oxford for one year commencing in October 2013.

Nov 2012

Rowan McRae

Rowan McRae2007 Menzies Scholar in Law

Rowan McRae holds the degrees of BA and LLB (2004) with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne, was ranked 1/285 in her graduating class and awarded the Supreme Court Prize.
Rowan completed her one-year scholarship at the London School of Economics studying for an LLM (Public International Law).

Oct 2007

Eleanor Mitchell

Eleanor Mitchell2012 Menzies Scholar in Law

Eleanor Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and the University Medal (2009) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide. She completed the one year BCL at the University of Oxford in 2013.

Eleanor was Associate to Justice Jayne Jagot of the Federal Court of Australia. In the past she has volunteered with Amnesty International and did an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She has been a presenter and producer for community radio station, Radio Adelaide, and is a keen debater.

Oct 2013

Dr Sally Monaghan

Dr Sally Monaghan2007 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Sally Monaghan (now Gainsbury) holds the degree of Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney (2004).

Sally's PhD project entitled "Do irrational beliefs maintain problem gambling behaviour?" was carried out at the University of Sydney.

In 2010, Sally was awarded a $25,000 allied health start-up grant from the Menzies Foundation to begin groundbreaking research at the Southern Cross University into internet gambling in Australia.  > more...

Aug 2010

Assoc Prof David Morgan, OAM

Assoc Prof David Morgan, OAM1985 Menzies Scholar in Medicine

Primary and secondary schooling in state schools in Mackay.
Tertiary education at University of Queensland and Oxford:
- MB BS (Hons)
- BSc (Med)
- FRCS Ed (Orth)
- FAOrthA

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy2004 Menzies Scholar to Harvard

2001 Degrees in Commerce and Law (Hons), Bond University

Awards and achievements:
Macquarie Bank Graduate Management scholarship.

Dr Sheree Nix

Dr Sheree Nix2010 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Sheree Nix holds the degree of Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) with First Class Honours and the University Medal from Queensland University of Technology (2005).

Sheree is a podiatry academic at Queensland University of Technology, School of Clinical Sciences. She completed her PhD in early 2013, through the University of Queensland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, investigating foot pain and functional outcomes in adult hallux valgus.

In June 2013 she was awarded a start-up grant through the Menzies Foundation to support her ongoing research into the impact of foot deformities and footwear on major health problems such as falls in older adults and diabetic foot complications. 

She has presented her doctoral research findings in multi-disciplinary national and international conferences, and has several published articles in peer-reviewed journals. As a lecturer at QUT, Sheree teaches clinical gait analysis, surface anatomy and evidence based practice in podiatric medicine.  Sheree is also a registered podiatrist with a clinical interest in the biomechanics of chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Nov  2013

Professor Robyn O'Hehir

Professor Robyn O’Hehir1986 Menzies Scholar in Medicine


Current positions:
Director, Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed), The Alfred
Professor of Medicine (Allergy & Clinical Immunology and Respiratory Medicine), Monash University
Honorary Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Monash University

Other awards and achievements:
1979: Medal for Top Graduating Medical student Monash University
1987: Freedom of the City of London
1989-99: Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science (UK)
2000- Editorial Board, Clinical and Experimental Allergy
2001- Assoc Editor, International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
2003-05 Past President, Menzies Memorial Scholars Association
2003-2006 and 2008-2013 Director, Menzies Foundation

Dr Simone O'Shea

Dr Simone O'Shea2004 Menzies Scholar in Allied Health Sciences

Current position/s:
Physiotherapist and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator, Wodonga Regional Health Service.

Other awards and achievements:
Former AIS Associate Scholarship Holder in Netball.

Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours from La Trobe University.
PhD project "Investigation of the effects of peripheral strength training for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease".

Areas of Professional Interest:
PhD project: To examine whether a program of simple progressive resistance exercises can reduce muscle weakness and improve functional performance for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis); To explore factors associated with exercise performance because an exercise program is only beneficial if it is accessible, cost-effective and valued by the participants; To contribute to the design of pulmonary rehabilitation programs throughout Australia.

Albury/Wodonga Volleyball Women’s Representative Team Captain/Coach and PR Officer.

Sep 2004

Sharon Oberstein

Sharon Oberstein

2015 Menzies Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences

Sharon qualified as an optometrist in South Africa (Cum laude). Sharon has worked in primary care optometry and university low vision clinics in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her particular research area concerns driving and low vision.

Her part time role as Senior Staff Optometrist, Low Vision at the UNSW Optometry Clinic has enabled excellent working relationships with key multidisciplinary rehabilitation organisations; invitations to lecture at optometric and multi-disciplinary conferences, and contributions to rehabilitation planning committees.

Verity Pacey

Verity Pacey2012 Menzies Memorial Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

Verity holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy from La Trobe University. 

Her current position is senior physiotherapist in the Connective Tissue Dysplasia Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Verity began the physiotherapy service to The Children’s Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine.

The two-year Menzies scholarship will help Verity complete her PhD at The University of Sydney into the management and treatment of the connective tissue disease known as hypermobility or loose joints. 

Nov 2012