Menzies Foundation news

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

  • Meet our new board members

    05-Sep-2018

    We’re delighted to welcome two new Board Directors, Kathryn Greiner AO and Tony Surtees, who each bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the organisation.

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  • Returning home for a career stretch

    23-Aug-2018

    Menzies scholar Olsen Garland has taken a break from studying his MBA at London Business School to return to Melbourne for an internship in business management. Although he's doing something completely new, his engineering background is proving very useful.

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  • Discovering ways to increase safety in disaster-prone areas

    15-Aug-2018

    This National Science Week, we highlight the work of one of our scholars, Dr Adrian McCallum, who is committed to saving lives in avalanche and earthquake-prone areas after three of his colleagues died as they prepared for a Mount Everest expedition.

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  • Giving research a global voice

    10-Aug-2018

    Menzies scholar Associate Professor Anina Rich has recently been elected to the Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy, which brings together young researchers to address global problems. Working alongside experts from around the world, Anina is the only Australian on the committee.

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  • Dimboola student comes out a winner

    05-Jul-2018

    Dimboola Memorial Secondary College student Sam Polack has received this year’s Menzies Centenary Prize to contribute to the cost of his first and second years of tertiary study.

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  • Take some risks to back entrepreneurial young Australians

    21-Jun-2018

    Back youth and take some risks was the advice of Sir Gustav Nossal AC, CBE, FRS when speaking recently about the Menzies Foundation’s new strategic approach to supporting entrepreneurs in science and technology.

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  • Vale Professor John Coghlan AO

    24-May-2018

    ​The Directors, Council and staff of the Menzies Foundation have expressed their sadness at the passing of Professor John Coghlan AO, who served as Executive Director of the Foundation for over 10 years from the late ‘90s.

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  • 40 years on – reawakening a strong, knowledgeable Australia in Menzies’ name

    23-May-2018

    The Menzies Foundation has used the occasion of its 40th anniversary to look back at achievements and to usher in a new era with some significant changes to its strategic direction.

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  • New impact framework to track our progress

    18-May-2018

    New research on better practice models in philanthropy will help shape the way the Menzies Foundation tracks its impact. Our CEO, Liz Gillies, who is also an Honorary Fellow at the Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre at the University of Melbourne, was the lead author of the Philanthropy: Towards a Better Practice Model report released this week.

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  • Shining a light on cyber security

    18-May-2018

    The Menzies Foundation will relaunch its Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Law Scholarship later in 2018 with a focus on a pressing global legal issue: cyber security. Here, University of Melbourne law student and Menzies Philanthropy Intern, Charlie Summons, outlines the pressing need for a considered focus on protecting our data.

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  • Discoveries for a better future

    15-May-2018

    A story from our publication Taking the lead: 40 stories of impact, we explore how a group of people we've supported are using their expertise and passion for sustainable practices to ensure our world becomes cleaner, healthier, greener and more sustainable for future generations.

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  • Learning through leadership

    10-Apr-2018

    It's often said that great leaders must "walk the talk", and this is certainly something Serena Rae Thompson is striving to do. Serena is mentoring Year 7 students at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) through a 12-month Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship.

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  • Passing the Menzies baton

    26-Feb-2018

    The nephew of Sir Robert Menzies, successful CEO, business coach and mentor, John Menzies, has joined the Menzies Foundation Board, taking the baton from Diana Menzies.

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  • Jopling takes top job

    26-Feb-2018

    Peter Jopling AM QC, a respected barrister, has been elected the new Chair of the Menzies Foundation setting the stage for the Foundation to move into a new era.

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  • One of the best years of my life'

    05-Feb-2018

    As the new students arrive at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School to start Year 7, one of the people helping make them feel at home is Michelle Kerrin, who recently wrote about her experience as the Inaugural RG Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellow.

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  • CEO and Board changes

    18-Jan-2018

    The Menzies Foundation has kicked off the new year with a number of key leadership changes. With over 20 years' experience in social impact, philanthropy and leadership development, Elizabeth Gillies has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Menzies Foundation.

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  • 30 years of outstanding Menzies research in Tasmania

    12-Jan-2018

    Today marks 30 years since the official opening of what was the Menzies Centre for Population Health Research in Tasmania (now the Menzies Institute for Medical Research), by the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QC, when he was Governor General of Australia.

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  • Scaling the heights to develop avalanche warning

    21-Dec-2017

    2017 Menzies Alumni President and Engineering Scholar, Dr Adrian McCallum, has just returned from an expedition to Nepal with his engineering students, exploring various aspects of earthquake risk and impact.

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  • Menzies Allied Health Research professor appointed

    21-Dec-2017

    Professor Michel Coppieters has been appointed as the Menzies Foundation Professor of Allied Health Research at the Menzies Health Institute in Queensland.

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  • Scholars granted over $10 million in latest NHMRC round

    13-Dec-2017

    Menzies Scholars and Fellows have been awarded fellowships and project grants from the NHMRC valued at over $10.7 million in the latest round of announcements.

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