Cheers to 12 incredible years of Club Melbourne

Our annual Anniversary Dinner is one of the Program’s highlights for the year, bringing together a knowledge network of extraordinary researchers, educators, administrators and business leaders to welcome new Club Melbourne Ambassadors into the network, announce the Club Melbourne Fellow, and celebrate the past year’s achievements.

This year’s 12th Anniversary Dinner was no exception, with the celebrations accompanied by the much anticipated Q&A with world-renowned primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall and a performance by four time ARIA award-winning songstress, Katie Noonan.


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Dr Jane Goodall - A study in obstinacy and optimism

We were incredibly privileged to have the extraordinary Dr Jane Goodall DBE join our 12th Anniversary Dinner celebrations, providing a wonderful insight into her incredible life and conservation efforts. 

In her own words, she is ‘an obstinate woman’. Armed with remarkable patience, razor-sharp observational skills, a notebook and binoculars, her research revolutionised our understanding of what it is to be human and her story certainly had our room full of Melbourne scientists and the wider business community enthralled.

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2017 Club Melbourne Fellowship winner

Associate Professor Dominique Cadilhac, Head of Public Health, Stroke Division at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, took out the coveted Fellowship award for her life-changing research related to stroke.

First awarded in 2016, the Club Melbourne Fellowship recognises excellence in research, innovation, and leadership, designed to support high quality Melburnian research projects and the next generation of potential Club Melbourne Ambassadors.


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Celebrating 100 years of Australian chemistry

The Royal Australia Chemical Institute (RACI) celebrates its 100th birthday this year and hosts the 2017 RACI Centenary Congress at MCEC from 23-28 July.

Founded in 1917, the RACI is Australia’s oldest scientific or technical professional society, and exists to act as the largest qualifying body in Australia for professional chemists. With a membership of 4,500, RACI also works actively to provide promotion of the science and practice of chemistry.


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Talk - Domestic violence still covered by silence

In Australia, one in three women experience violence from the age of 15 and, on average, a woman dies every week at the hands of a partner or former partner.

A 2012 study revealed that one in five Australian women make their first disclosure of domestic violence to their GP.  As the frontline service for identifying and providing management for these women, GP’s are typically the first to uncover the realities of how domestic violence affects mental health as well as physical.


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Ambassadors in the news

Several Ambassadors have featured in the media recently and received honours or appointments.

Congratulations to Professor Helen Herrman and Professor Linda Kristjanson on their recent Queen’s Birthday honour: Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia 2017.

Mr Mark Stone AM authored an article on the state government’s contribution to Victorian tourism.

Professor Paul Zimmet received an honorary doctorate from the University of Adelaide in May, almost 75 years to the day his father graduated in medicine from the same university.

Professor Sanchia Aranda featured in a Q&A with CEO Magazine, sharing her experience in leadership as CEO of Cancer Council Australia.

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC delivered a speech at Melbourne March for Science in April, which was adapted to an article for The Conversation.

Newly inducted Ambassador Professor Grant McArthur authored an article on the use of a new 3D printer pen filled with stem cells, used to ‘draw’ new cartilage into damaged knees.


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Upcoming Ambassador conferences

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June 2017