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

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.

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.

Outstanding NHMRC results for Menzies Scholars

16 November 2015

Dr Zhichao Wu receiving his Dean's Award at the University of MelbourneIt’s been an outstanding result for Menzies scholars and researchers, with the announcement of the latest Early Career Fellowships and the outcomes for the 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grant Round.

Nine Menzies Scholars were awarded different categories of NHMRC grant, with the largest grant of $1.44 million going towards Professor Robyn O’Hehir’s research continuing the quest to find a peanut allergy cure.

Menzies Director awarded University of Melbourne's highest honour

10 November 2015

Dr John Stocker AOMenzies Foundation Director and former Chief Scientist, Dr John Stocker AO, has been awarded the University of Melbourne’s highest honour, a Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa.

Menzies Foundation Board Chair, Brian Doyle AM congratulated Dr Stocker on the honour saying it was great recognition of Dr Stocker’s contribution to pharmaceutical and medical research and Australian science in general over many years.

‘I could learn a lot from these people’

30 October 2015

"Palace of Westminster, London - Feb 2007" by Diliff. Licensed under CCBrand new Menzies Engineering Scholar, Liz Killen, who will be studying a Master of Science Communication at the Imperial College, London in 2016, was invited to the annual Menzies Scholars’ Dinner at the House of Lords in London. Liz gave us her report on the annual gathering, which allows UK-based Menzies scholars to meet and share their experiences.