What we do

Menzies and CDU wish to improve and advance the lives of Indigenous Australians by increasing our scientific understanding of the medical, health and education challenges. The Foundation will therefore raise funds to undertake this essential research.

Menzies and CDU have an extraordinary track record in Indigenous health and education research respectively; Menzies has been involved in research and projects in community for over 30 years and CDU has been involved in Indigenous education research for over 25 years. The Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative recently described Menzies’ work as ‘outstanding’ and ‘well above world standard’.

Initially, the research will be primarily undertaken by Menzies and CDU, but these two institutions cannot do it alone. The Foundation will work in partnership with health and education researchers, universities and other institutions in Australia and overseas, and will collaborate with governments and agencies at both national and international levels, to achieve its goal of improving Indigenous health and education. It will also aim to increase public awareness of the need to improve the health and educational opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

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