A message from the President
Hands up for the Dimboola road trip
over 20 years the MMSA and the Menzies Foundation have awarded the Menzies Centenary Prize
of $10,000 to contribute to tertiary education costs of a Year 12 student at Dimboola Secondary
College in Victoria.
The prize was first awarded in 1994 to mark the centenary of Sir Robert Menzies’ birth in nearby
Each year one Menzies scholar and the Menzies Foundation team head out on a road trip to Dimboola
to attend the school’s awards night and present the prize. Having heard the stories of the
alumni who had gone before me, I was inspired and only too happy to put my hand up for this
honour in 2014. I had a wonderful time.
The school was established in 1924 to honour those who fought in World War 1 – it is
a beautiful school set on a hill overlooking Dimboola and the Little Desert.
In these small, struggling, western Victorian towns, it is wonderful to see the school and community
spirit in action and see the ambition and promise of the students and their families.
Needless to say, we were treated like royalty for our stay. I had the privilege of making a
short speech at the school presentation night and then to meet the families and locals
afterwards. You become keenly aware of what a difference it can make for a young student
to have additional funds to contribute towards their first couple of years studying a long
way from home.
But it’s not just about the prize; it can be really inspiring for these kids to hear about
how our studies have helped shape who we are and what we achieve.
|We are putting out the call for a scholar to attend this year’s Menzies Centenary
Prize presentation and represent the MMSA at Dimboola on Thursday 15 December.
If you would like to share in this experience, please contact Sarah Hardy or Kate Nolan at the Foundation.
I recognise it is a big commitment – essentially two days away from the office or uni –
but I promise you it will be worth it. Your employer may have volunteer leave which could
be used for this purpose. It should really be seen as just one way we can give back and
encourage some other young people to follow their study plans as potential future leaders….remembering
Australia’s longest serving prime minister started his scholarship journey just down the
Dimboola is approximately 3 and a half hours’ drive from Melbourne and four and a half hours
from Adelaide. The Foundation will meet your travel costs (Law Scholar Kate Peterson travelled
from Sydney to make this trip last year) but clearly Victorian or South Australian scholars
might be better placed to get there.
This year the trip will have additional signficance with the opening of Menzies Discovery Park in Jeparit the following morning.
The Foundation team will leave from Melbourne on the morning of Thursday 15 December and head
back on the afternoon of Friday 16 December.
I can give my personal recommendation that this is a trip you will always remember.
Dr Josie Barbaro
President, Menzies Memorial Scholars’ Association
2017 Menzies Scholarships awarded
Law and International Law
The newly awarded 2017 Menzies Scholar in Law and the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholar
in International Law share an interest in refugee issues but might be taking their
careers in slightly different directions as they head to the UK next year.
Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholar in International Law, Lyndon Goddard,
of Sydney, says he would like to contribute to the development of refugee policy and
creating greater awareness of Australia’s international legal obligations when he returns
from studying a Master of Laws at Cambridge. Lyndon is currently working with King
& Wood Mallesons.
Melbourne’s Nathan Van Wees,
the 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Scholar in Law, who topped his year of 400 at Monash University,
has a few plans after he completes his BCL at Oxford next year. Nathan would
like to work in academia by adding to the theoretical frameworks for interpreting Australian
legislation. He would also like to work as a barrister to put this understanding into
practice. Nathan is working at the Supreme Court of Victoria.
, the 2017 Menzies Scholar in Engineering, has some disruptive energy ideas to shake
up the energy sector after he completes his MBA at the London Business School.
He wants to help bring cheaper, more efficient, zero-emission electricity to markets
at home and abroad by combining business nous with his electrical engineering skills.
Olsen is the first Menzies Scholar in Engineering from the University of Newcastle, having
already won the University Medal and several other prestigious academic awards as he
completed an electrical engineering degree with first class honours.
Olsen said he was still pinching himself after learning of his success in being awarded
the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering;
“I would not be going to do the MBA without this help. It’s a dream come true.”
Congratulations Lyndon, Nathan and Olsen.
New Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship
The Menzies Foundation
has announced a new partnership with the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) to offer the Sir Robert
Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship valued at $20,000 for one year.
MITS is a residential transition school in Melbourne, for Indigenous students from
remote and regional communities.
Every year, one young Indigenous leader will receive the Fellowship, enabling
them to provide essential mentoring, peer support, and cultural connection
to MITS students on a regular basis throughout the school year, whilst
undertaking their own study.
2013 Menzies Law Scholar, David Heaton, is on the Board of MITS.
Image courtesy of Annette Ruzicka.
Menzies annual event takes shape – have you RSVP’d?
We are putting the final touches on all of the events to celebrate our new
scholars and the Menzies Alumni at Pier One in Sydney on 17 November.
If you haven’t yet RSVP’d please get back to us as soon as possible – you can
RSVP via this link.
One of Australia’s most respected
journalists and communicators, Narelle Hooper (pictured), is our guest
speaker and her deep understanding of what really makes our leaders,
companies and the economy tick, will help give us an insight into leadership
for the future.
Narelle is the former editor of the Australian Financial Review's BOSS
Magazine, a member of the Walkley Foundation advisory board and
the board of the Documentary Australia Foundation. Narelle has
interviewed Australia's top CEOs and business leaders and thinkers
from around the world and is the author of “New Women, New Men,
New Economy”, released last year.
We’re very excited to be announcing the recipients of the Menzies
Alumni Community Leadership Grants at the evening event too. Thank
you to everyone who took the time to enter a submission; there
was a terrific response. The successful community projects will
be revealed on the night!
As with all first-time grant programs, we’ve learnt through the process
and will be making some modifications to the criteria for next
year. In the meantime, a panel of six, which included three scholars
and three of the Menzies Foundation team, awarded grants to projects
which best met the intent of the program.
If you have any feedback on the process or the criteria, please send
it through to Kate Nolan.
Hosting Baroness Amos
A handfu of our
Melbourne scholars and Menzies Foundation Board Directors were
lucky enough to spend an hour or so having morning tea with
Baroness Valerie Amos CH PC, Director of the School of Oriental
and African Studies, University of London, before she delivered
the annual Menzies Oration on Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.
And even more lucky scholars attended the Oration dinner afterwards
at the University of Melbourne Law School where they heard
some incredible insights from Baroness Amos’ time at the UN,
when she was the Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs.
You can read the full Oration on preparing global citizens and
protecting freedom of speech: the role of universities,
Our scholars do amazing things
The smartphone app which helps parents identify
the early signs of autism, ASDetect, developed
by 2006 Menzies Scholar in Allied Health, Dr Josephine Barbaro,
was one of the 10 Australian finalists in the
Google Impact Challenge.
The award of $250,000 for the Olga Tennison
Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University
will mean the app can be translated into Mandarin.
The app also won a national iAward for Research and Development Project of the
1991 Menzies Scholar
in Medicine, Professor Bill Rawlinson AM,
one of the world’s leading researchers into
the cause and prevention of Congenital CMV (the most common viral and infectious cause
of congenital disability in newborns) has just
been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical
Sciences. He joins other Menzies Alumni, Professor Matthew Kiernan (one of the leading researchers into Motor Neurone Disease),
Professor Jamie Vandenberg from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre,
and Professor Robyn O’Hehir AO, who is leading research
into a peanut allergy vaccine.
Professor Vandenberg (1989 Menzies
Scholar in Medicine) has also been announced
as one of the recipients of an NHMRC Research
Fellowship valued at over $800,000 to conduct
research on sudden cardiac arrest: improving
detection of patients at risk. More on the
NHMRC research recipients soon!
Composer, teacher and 2001 Harvard Menzies Scholar,
Nicholas Vines, was in Boston
for the performance of his music and libretto as part of the 10th anniversary production of Guerilla Opera’s
Loose, Wet and Perforated.
1993 Harvard Menzies Scholar, Professor Esther Charlesworth will celebrate a decade of humanitarian projects for Architects Without Frontiers (the organisation
she established) on 22 November, with a fundraising
event featuring Julian Burnside AO.
For Mental Health Week,
2003 Menzies Research Scholar in the Allied
Health Sciences, Dr Kerry Proctor,
talked about her experiences in implementing programs that work to help
reduce the instances of bullying towards same-sex
attracted young people and the potential impacts
of a plebiscite on marriage equality.
1985 Menzies Scholar in Law, Justice Susan Kenny of the Federal Court had some advice for potential Menzies Law scholars.
In the media
- 2008 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow in Medicine, Dr Misty Jenkins,
was named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
Never one to shy away from the controversial issues,
Medical ethicist and 1994 Menzies Scholar in
Medicine, Professor Julian Savalescu,
gave his thoughts to the ABC on whether doctors should have the
right to conscientiously object.
1994 Menzies Scholar in Law, Dominique Hogan-Doran,
was named Barrister of the Year at the Lawyers’ Weekly Australian
Theoretical physicist at MIT and 2006 Harvard Menzies
Scholar, Dr Tracey Slatyer,
did a Q&A with Quanta Magazine about dark matter and
her fascinating work.
Another Harvard Menzies Alumna (2002), Alexandra West,
was appointed as the first manager of innovation and strategy
2015 Harvard Menzies Scholar, Matthew Tyler,
has been published in Inside Story on Pay for Success contracting to improve the
effectiveness of social services in Australia.
Menzies CEO visits US scholars
Menzies Foundation CEO, Sarah Hardy, has recently returned
from the United States where she caught up with a number
of our scholars as she started a course on Fundraising
at Harvard University.
Sarah met with our first ever Menzies Scholar in Law, Sarah
Beshar (1982), Bob Anderson (1997 NHMRC/RG Menzies
Scholar in Medicine), Simon Hannaford (1987 Menzies
Scholar in Law), and Alexis Whitton (2015 NHMRC/RG
Menzies Scholar in Medicine).
She also had the opportunity to meet the class of 2015
and 2016 Harvard Menzies Scholars; Patrick Mayoh, Sibella
Matthews, Nick Gattas, Matt Tyler and Andrew Thomas
“It’s one of the most joyous parts of my role to meet with
the Menzies Scholars, hear their stories and find out
what incredible challenge they are hoping to tackle
next. They are all so different, at varying stages
of their career and with different passions. But they
have one thing in common; the vision and drive to do
things better,” Sarah said.
“It was a great opportunity to hear from some of our earliest
law scholars who now live in New York (Simon and Sarah)
and give them an update on the work of the Foundation.
It’s heartening to hear that even though they live
so far away they still keep up with Menzies Foundation
The Fundraising course continues through to May, so with
any luck Sarah will again be able to make contact with
some of the Menzies Scholars living in the US.
Menzies Scholar Spotlight
2008 Menzies Research Scholar in the Allied Health
Sciences, Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill, is a
Master of Physiotherapy, completed her PhD on the prevention
of in-hospital falls, and heads up a large research
team at Curtin University in Perth. Anne-Marie is also
an active member of the Menzies Alumni Advisory Group
and would love to hear directly from any other Menzies
Scholars in WA who’d like to catch up or discuss issues
of importance to the Foundation. Her contact details
are below this story.
What is your job?
I am a now an Associate Professor in Research at Curtin
University working in the field of gerontology, in
particular falls prevention. I work with a large research
team that is based right around Australia.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your work?
Working as part of a national research team and feeling
we are making a difference – speaking with older participants
in research projects who are tremendously pleased at
improvements they have been able to make is really
Who has influenced your career? How?
My mentor, Professor Terry Haines, and close research
colleague, Dr Steven McPhail, have provided me with
wonderful inspiration to work to improve outcomes for
older people and to advance much needed research in
our field. They are always on the phone with good ideas
Who provides you with inspiration?
From a personal perspective all the older people I
have treated over many years were always so supportive
of me and encouraged me to do research in the field.
They kept me going when problems arose!
How has the Menzies Scholarship helped you?
The Menzies scholarship was an exciting event which
assisted me to focus on achieving high research goals.
I think looking back it provided a ‘turbo boost’ to
my research pathway. The Menzies Foundation has been
instrumental in building the research capacity of Allied
Health both in Australia and internationally, which
is wonderful as it allows us to improve the health
care we offer to all Australians.
What is the book that has influenced you the most?
Reading is a passion of mine and it’s hard to pick
one book – but I have to say that I have re-read all
of Dorothy Sayers’ books till they have fallen apart
and luckily now have them all on Kindle!
What are your passions outside of work?
I love gardening and swimming and most of all my five
How do you describe leadership?
a leader is someone who has a vision of what could
be achieved and is willing to take the difficult steps
first, and then inspire and support others to do the
same. I think you can never demand people follow you
as a leader, you have to inspire people to want to
walk with you to achieve outstanding goals.
If you were Prime Minister of Australia, what would you do first?
I would have a national day dedicated to celebrating
the Indigenous cultures in Australia and provide committed
ongoing funding and support services for all indigenous
communities to work with their young people so that
a sense of hope is generated for our Indigenous Australian
Anne-Marie can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Menzies Institutes wrap
The Hon Linda Burney MP, shadow Minister for Human
Services, will deliver the 2016 Menzies Oration on Friday 18 November at the Darwin Convention
Centre for the Menzies School of Health Research.
The first Aboriginal woman to be elected to
the Australian House of Representatives will
deliver the Oration on ‘Truth Telling and Generosity:
Healing the Heart of a Nation’.
Menzies Health Institute Queensland has celebrated its first year with an event at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith
University. Director of the Menzies Health
Institute Queensland and newly appointed Pro
Vice Chancellor Health at Griffith, Professor
Sheena Reilly, acknowledged the role of the
Foundation in helping shape the direction for
Menzies HIQ and said the focus would continue
to be about the translation of research which
makes a difference in people’s lives and improves
health and wellbeing. Take a look at this great
video about MHIQ’s work.
Menzies Institute of Medical Research in Hobart hosted the 2016 Menzies Debate on
the Stem Cell Revolution, more hype than hope?
Over 220 people attended to hear from some
of the best stem cell researchers in the country
including; Associate Professor Tracey Dickson,
Menzies Deputy Director and leader of the Neurodegenerative
Diseases/Brain Injury research theme at Menzies,
Dr Kaylene Young, Menzies neuroscientist and
winner of the 2014 Metcalf Prize for Stem Cell
Research and Associate Professor Alex Hewitt,
Menzies/School of Medicine clinician and researcher
in Ophthalmology, winner of the 2015 NHMRC
Practitioner Fellowship Award. Pictured is
Professor Martin Pera from Stem Cells Australia
and the University of Melbourne.
4 November – Menzies UK Scholars’ Dinner, House of Lords,
17 November – Menzies Foundation Board meeting, Sydney
17 November – Menzies Scholarship awards and MMSA AGM,
Pier One, Sydney
18 November – Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin,
2016 Oration featuring the Hon Linda Burney MP,
Shadow Minister for Human Services
1-2 December – Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference (Menzies HIQ is a partner in this conference)
15 December – Menzies Centenary Prize presentation
to Andrew King, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.
16 December – Official opening Menzies Discovery
Park, Jeparit Victoria.
Thank you to our scholarship panels
A very big thank you to the Menzies Scholars
who have taken part in the latest round
of scholar evaluations either as reviewers
or panel members.
This is an important way to get involved with
the work of the Foundation and to get a
first look at the talent coming through.
It is a very big help to the Foundation
to ensure we continue to have a high standard
for our scholarships.
If you would like to be involved in future
years, please contact Pam Shearman.
Does your CV and LinkedIn profile list your
Menzies scholarship or link to the Menzies
Foundation LinkedIn page?
It would be great for us if it did! #justahint