REUNION WEEKEND 2019 – THANK YOU!
On 29-30 November we held our second Reunion Weekend. It was wonderful to see so many alumni from across the Faculty back on campus for a weekend of socialising, learning, exploring and celebrating. Thank you to all who attended.
Watch the video below for a first hand look at the weekend's celebrations.
REUNION WEEKEND 2018 RECAP
On 23-24 November 2018 we held the inaugural Reunion Weekend for alumni of the Melbourne Medical School and School of Biomedical Sciences.
We welcomed graduates back to campus to celebrate the alumni community and the Med Building’s 50th anniversary. With a jam-packed program of events running over Friday night and all day Saturday, we saw more than 1000 alumni and guests walk back through the doors of the Med Building.
CREATING A LEGACY
Your class can help support the next generation of health leaders from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Talented young students shouldn’t miss out on a world-class education because of a difficult financial situation. Yet, every year we see aspiring health professionals held back by circumstances beyond their control.
Students face more expenses today than ever before. Education is becoming more expensive, the cost of living is on the rise, and those who travel from interstate or regional areas to study in Melbourne face additional relocation costs. For some, these costs make commencing or continuing to study impossible.
Merit, not money, should be the key to a student’s success. Support from alumni and friends gives students a sense of belonging and drives them to succeed in their studies. Many scholarship recipients talk about their desire to give back upon graduating, having experienced first-hand the power of philanthropy.
Your contributions play an essential role in allowing equitable access to education at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
The opportunity to study at the University of Melbourne meant I had to relocate and move out of my family home in Brisbane. This scholarship has eased my stress over living expenses like rent, helped me cover the cost of medical equipment and study materials, and afforded me the privilege of being able to fully immerse myself in medicine.
Michael Wei, MDHS Scholarship (Medicine) recipient
HOW REUNION GIVING WORKS
Celebrate your reunion with a class contribution towards student scholarships or bursaries. The power of collective giving means that together, your class can make a bigger impact than any one person.
Through Reunion Giving, you can give a one-off gift or set up an endowment – named for your class – that will support students for generations to come.
Your investment into a student’s future could take shape in many ways. It might allow an aspiring health professional in rural Victoria to live and study in Melbourne. It could ease the burden on a student who works to contribute to their household. Or, it could give a student from a refugee background a sense of solidarity and belonging.
Some reunion classes have even established a new award or scholarship named after their class to support a student from their School. Read a story about how the MBBS class of 1972 established the ‘MBBS Class of 1972 Medical Student Scholarship’.
WE’LL MATCH YOUR GIFT DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR
Our Faculty will match your reunion gift dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in the first year of giving. This matched funding will effectively double the impact of your donation.
Depending on the amount raised (excluding the matched Faculty contribution), the funds will be used as follows:
- Up to $49,999: Contribution towards the MDHS Scholarship Fund. A contribution to this fund increases the number of students the Faculty can support each year.
- $50,000 - $249,999: Student award named for your class. This could take the form of a scholarship, bursary, prize or exhibition.
- $250,000+: Graduate scholarship named for your class, supporting current or enrolling students in financial need.
We will work with each class group to discuss your reunion gifts and where your class can make the biggest impact.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
For more information on the Reunion Giving program or to personalise your gift, please contact:
Reunion Giving Team:
Phone: +61 3 9035 3622
You can contact us by email or phone with any questions or for ticket support.
MDHS Alumni Team
Phone: + 61 3 9035 7869
Exploring what it means to be human
Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences joins an outstanding line up of health leaders to discuss the big ideas around 'What it means to be human' before three of the universities most prominent alumni discuss their areas of research and work.
What does the future of health really look like?
Discover how we might tame the superbugs, explore the link between pain and happiness and uncover the ethical questions around stem cell research.
Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health), University of Melbourne, Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Director, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Professor Doug Hilton AO, Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Professor Janet McCalman, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Professor Brock Bastian, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Professor Megan Munsie, Deputy Director, Centre for Stem Cell Systems and Kyle Slater, Chief Product Officer, Seer Medical.
Health research forum: Exploring what it means to be human
Exploring what it means to be human – Presentation by Professor Brock Bastian
Exploring what it means to be human – Presentation by Professor Megan Munsie
Health research forum – Q&A