Menzies Foundation news

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

  • Applications closing soon for School Leader Fellowship

    04-Dec-2018

    Applications for the inaugural Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program close on 21 December. The new program, a partnership between the Menzies Foundation and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, represents a $1.5 million investment over the next three years.

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  • Philanthropy that holds itself accountable

    28-Nov-2018

    Menzies Foundation CEO Liz Gillies – in her capacity as Honorary Fellow, Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre, University of Melbourne – has led the development of the Philanthropy Impact Pioneers Program in collaboration with 10 other philanthropic funders. The program was launched yesterday by Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies.

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  • Leading figure in higher education joins our Board of Directors

    27-Nov-2018

    The Menzies Foundation is honoured to welcome Professor Glyn Davis AC to our Board of Directors.

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  • Australia wins PM's XI Cricket

    02-Nov-2018

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Menzies Foundation CEO Liz Gillies presented the Menzies Memorial Trophy and Menzies Medallion at the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra.

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  • Supporting the next generation of school leaders

    29-Oct-2018

    New funding of $1.5 million over the next three years for school leaders was announced today by Liz Gillies, CEO of the Menzies Foundation.

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  • Research connects psychological factors and the immune system

    18-Oct-2018

    In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we highlight the work of one of our fellows, Prof Adrian Liston, a leader in immunology research who has uncovered ​the connection between psychological factors and the immune system.

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  • New training to help detect autism in babies and toddlers

    24-Sep-2018

    Early screening for autism spectrum disorder will be improved in Victoria, thanks to the work of Menzies scholar Dr Josephine Barbaro and her colleagues at La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre.

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  • 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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