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Breakthrough on deadly infectious diseases

2 April 2015

Francisella bacteriaDr Si Ming Man, recipient of the 2015 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship, is the first author of some ground-breaking research on deadly infectious diseases, published recently in leading scientific journal Nature Immunology.

In fact the research, which focuses on the highly virulent and often fatal infectious bacterium, Francisella tularensis, is receiving significant attention worldwide.  

The research findings were generated by Dr Man and his colleagues at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Vale Malcolm Fraser

23 March 2015

Malcolm Fraser with Heather Henderson, daughter of Sir Robert Menzies The passing of Malcolm Fraser, Australia's 22nd Prime Minister, gives us pause to remember the key role he – and the Australian public – played in the establishment of the Menzies Foundation.

Malcolm Fraser announced in Parliament on 15 May 1978 (upon Sir Robert's death), that there would be a memorial trust to commemorate Sir Robert Menzies.

Governor to award prestigious prizes to our future leaders

27 November 2014:

The Governor of Victoria, His Excellency the Hon Alex Chernov AC QC will present the 2015 Menzies Scholarships at a reception this Thursday evening.

Awarded since the early 1980s for post graduate study in the areas of allied health, engineering, law and medicine, the annual scholarships enable exceptional individuals to further their studies at the world's best universities. Many past recipients have risen to the highest levels of their profession as judges, professors, engineers and researchers.

"This ceremony recognises those young Australians who may well be our future leaders," said Menzies Foundation chief executive Sarah Hardy. "They have extraordinary talent in their chosen fields and have already made significant public service contributions."

Griffith and Menzies Foundation health collaboration

9 October 2014:

Griffith and the Menzies Foundation are set to collaborate together in a move which will position the University as a leader in world-class allied health research.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding formalised this week, the University’s Griffith Health Institute based at its Gold Coast campus, will be renamed the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ).

The establishment of the new MHIQ will allow Griffith to enhance its research excellence through collaboration and resource sharing, as well as support greater engagement between academic researchers and healthcare professionals nationally and internationally.

Life-changing Rural Scholarships Announced

14 July 2014

Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarships

Three VCE students from the state's northwest will be able to study at university, thanks to a new scholarship, Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholarship.

Recipients were awarded the scholarships at special assemblies in the Hindmarsh Shire on 22 July 2104.

Each student will receive $10,000 for three years (total $30,000 per recipient) with funds provided by the Fielding Foundation in partnership with the Menzies Foundation.

"This presentation will be a life-changing moment for each of these three capable young people," said Menzies Foundation CEO Sarah Hardy.

The winners are:

Nhill College: Jacob Creek

Jacob was born in Arnhem Land and moved to rural Victoria as a high schooler. The keen footballer and CFA member has a wildlife licence (he owns four sugar gliders) and hopes to study environmental science. He was year 11 DUX and is now school vice captain.

Rainbow Secondary College: Georgia Klemm

Georgia will be the first person in her family to seek tertiary education. She hopes to undertake a Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine and eventually research chronic diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. "I feel very strongly about helping people through these ordeals as my family life has been affected greatly by these illnesses," she said.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College: Madison Albrecht

Madison hopes to study international relations and commerce at university. She wrote about the advantages of growing up in a tight-knit community, but worried about the financial burden that tertiary study far from home would have on her family.