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Bilyana sets a blistering pace

23 October 2015

Bilyana Noel BlomeleyTwo sage pieces of advice from mentors have set Bilyana Noel Blomeley on the right path from his early days as the first Torres Strait Islander male to attend Harvard University, to current role shaping the learning environment of Indigenous high school students in NSW.

Honouring Sir Robert's love of cricket

23 October 2015

PM's XI trophy, photo courtesy of Noel Lane, Museum of Australian Democracy.Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister had a great love of cricket. In fact he was so passionate about the game, he created his own. Sir Robert Menzies would be delighted to know that his name is still associated with a popular annual cricket event based on the inaugural Prime Minister’s XI played against the West Indies in 1951.

Design-led disaster recovery

7 October 2015

Sustainable Housing ReconstructionAt the launch of her new book, Sustainable Housing Reconstruction, RMIT Associate Professor Dr Esther Charlesworth, said design is a powerful tool to help manage the complex global challenges of our time - poverty, war, disaster, global warming and more.

Australia-wide living tumour bank

8 October 2015

Dr Sam Asfaha, Dr Simon Leedham and Dr Paul Locchhead at Gastro2015Cancer researchers from around Australia will share resources to create a living tumour bank.

The tumour bank has arisen from discussions between some of the world’s best colorectal cancer researchers who have been in Australia in the past week, sharing their most recent findings in two seminars funded by a Menzies Foundation symposium grant.

Changing the way we see science

30 September 2015

2016 Menzies Engineering Scholar, Liz Killen, mentoring students in STEM subjects. Liz Killen, a recent UNSW chemical engineering graduate with a passion for science outreach and communication, has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering. Liz will use the scholarship to complete a Master of Science Communication at the Imperial College, London.

Top autism award for Menzies Scholar

23 September 2015

Dr Josephine Barbaro with Yvonne O'Neill, Aboriginal Liaison Officer with Autism QueenslandIt’s one thing to do great research, it’s another altogether to translate that research into meaningful and applicable outcomes to help patients and the community.

2006 Menzies Scholar in Allied Health and Secretary of the Menzies Memorial Scholars Association, Dr Josephine Barbaro, has been awarded the Inaugural Autism CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) award for best translation of autism research at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Brisbane.

Architecture transforming lives

19 August 2015

Esther Charlesworth on site in HaitiEmpowering vulnerable people and communities who may have been marginalised by poverty, conflict or natural disaster and bringing design to the places that need them the most, drives Dr Esther Charlesworth’s professional life.

The convergence of gambling and gaming

27 July 2015

SallyGainsbury2014 webHaving represented the Australian Psychological Society at Science Meets Parliament earlier this year, and with her latest research on the convergence of gambling and gaming due to be released, Dr Sally Gainsbury is scaling the heights of professional success.

Getting the big picture in water management

21 July 2015

Engineer Mahala McLindin at LulworthMahala McLindin is the 2013 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholar in Engineering. She spent 2014 at the University of Oxford undertaking a masters in Water Science, Policy and Management. She will present her dissertation in Brisbane at the International Rivers Symposium in September this year.

Call for outstanding law graduates

15 July 2015


The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding law graduates who are shaping up to be the next generation of leaders and looking to do further postgraduate study overseas. Applications are open now for two scholarships valued at up to $75,000.

Life-changing experiences for a lawyer at Oxford

15 July 2015

David Heaton Graduation Oxford

Later this month, 2013 Menzies Scholar in Law, David Heaton, will come back to Australia to present part of his thesis at a Constitutional Law conference at the University of Melbourne.

As the Menzies Foundation puts out its annual call for the legal leaders of tomorrow to apply for our law and international law scholarships, David told us a bit about his experiences at Oxford.

No separation of medical and mental health

13 July 2015

Professor Adrian Liston

2005 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow, Professor Adrian Liston, is one of the researchers in an important study which provides new insights into the cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), underscoring the connection between psychological factors and the immune system.