Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

The Menzies School of Health Research is the only Australian health and medical research institute with a primary focus on the health of Indigenous communities and people living in tropical and remote areas.

Since its inception, we have contributed over $3.7 million in funding to the institute.

What started as a bold idea conceived at a Menzies National Conference in the early 1980s, the institute was established in 1984 through a partnership between the Menzies Foundation, the Northern Territory Government and the University of Sydney. Established as part of the Northern Territory University, now Charles Darwin University, the path from inception to operation took roughly 10 years.

At the core of its early vision was a commitment to examining, understanding and improving Indigenous health, as well the health of those living in northern Australia and the tropics. It's now one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes and a global leader in tropical research into life-threatening illnesses.

One of the key figures in the genesis of the Menzies School of Health Research was Harry Christian Giese, AM, MBE. Visit Menzies School of Health Research to read about his significant contribution.