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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.

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.