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

Once in a lifetime - International Law scholarship

19 April 2016

Patrick Wall webThanks to the support of individual donors, law firms and the Australian government, 2014 saw the awarding of the inaugural Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law, named in honour of former Governor General of Australia, Sir Ninian, who was Chairman of the Menzies Foundation from 1992 to 1998.

Making speech pathology more accessible

12 April 2016

2009 Menzies Scholar in Allied Health, Dr Jane McCormackWhen Dr Jane McCormack worked on several initiatives aimed at understanding speech difficulties in children and improving the accessibility to speech pathology services in Australia, little did she know it would lead to a new role at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

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.

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.