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Interview with Pru Bennett

Interview with Pru Bennett, Chairman, National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

Our Advisory Board is headed by Chairman Pru Bennett, a senior business leader who lived in Hong Kong and has travelled extensively through China. Currently a Partner in the global strategic advisory firm Brunswick Group, Ms Bennett previously served as Managing Director and Head of Investment Stewardship for the Asia-Pacific region for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. Hear what she has to say about her China story and her vision for the Foundation. 

Watch the interview here

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Virtual internships open doors for Australian university students in Hong Kong

Amanda Davenport needed a game plan.

She was working for a hotel chain when the COVID-19 pandemic began and knew things were about to get tough in her industry.

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The new online app helping international students protect their mental wellbeing

Jessica is studying in Melbourne to become a psychologist.

But the Chinese international student says her chosen profession doesn’t mean her mental health takes care of itself.

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Australian Nobel Laureate takes aim at stomach cancer in East Asia

It was such a desperate experiment that he didn’t dare tell his wife.

Barry Marshall was a doctor at the Royal Perth Hospital in 1981 when he became convinced that stomach ulcers were caused by bacteria. That was a big leap from the prevailing wisdom at the time that considered stress to be the underlying factor.

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New museum will be an interactive space to learn about Chinese in Australia

The plan was hatched over a long lunch in Sydney’s Chinatown.

“That’s quite appropriate in a Chinese context,” says Stephen FitzGerald, who was one of the diners that day. “You never do anything serious without discussing it over a meal.”

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Overcoming language barriers to support informal carers of people with dementia

Professor Lily Xiao is a world-leading expert on caring for people with dementia.

Her experience started at home when her grandmother was diagnosed with a dementia-related condition more than 20 years ago. She watched as her mother tried her best to provide care.

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Grants announcement

The 2021/22 National Foundation for Australia-China Relations grant recipients have been announced today by the Foreign Minister the Hon Marise Payne.

Our grants program helps to promote connections and practical cooperation, build understanding and exchange, showcase Australian excellence and engage Australia’s diverse communities.

Congratulations to all grant recipients.

Read the Foreign Minister’s media release here.

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Beach Smarts for Life 



Beach Smarts for Life is a program to introduce Chinese international students to Australian surf lifesaving and beach culture

The program focuses on water safety awareness and helps dispel myths to make the beach a relaxed, comfortable, and safe place for students to enjoy.


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‘Stop, think and feel’: The art exhibition changing the way we see the Asia-Pacific

Chinese migration during Victoria’s gold rush is part of the Australian story.

Perhaps not so well-known, is that more than 16,000 Chinese migrants landed in the South Australian seaport of Robe, after Victoria imposed a tax on arrivals in the late 1850s.

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NFACR 2022 Fintech Series

China’s digital transformation: implications for Australian businesses and policymakers



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From lychees to prawns: The Chinese Australian farmer who left his mark on a city

The first time the Wah Days brought lychees to a fruit market in Cairns, some local residents mistook them for apples.

“My grandmother said they just tried to eat the whole lot, with the sharp skin still on,” Lawrence Wah Day recounts with a laugh. Lychees were native to China and possibly one of “the first exotic fruit that people in Cairns had seen”.

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