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Since 2000, Australian Rotary Health's main focus

has been Mental Health Research

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Creating better health for all Australians.

Raising funds for RESEARCH into

prevention of mental illness


Under the Microscope – Research Updates

An Effective Treatment for Depression on the Go

An Australian Rotary Health (ARH) funded research study has found that app-based treatments for depression with mood monitoring features, may be a positive alternative to seeking treatment face-to-face. From 2015-2018, Dr Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz at Deakin [...]

Helping Young Australians ‘Look for Good’

A computer-based program that teaches children to focus their attention on the positives has been found to reduce anxiety, according to a new research study funded by Australian Rotary Health (ARH). ARH Mental Health Research [...]

Social Processing in People with Autism Vs Williams Syndrome

New research funded by Australian Rotary Health is the first to show that social processing difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Williams Syndrome may occur when they see faces paired with biographical information. Kelsie Boulton [...]

New Program Effective in Reducing Stress in Toddlers

A new program funded by Australian Rotary Health has been found to reduce stress in toddlers by teaching parents how to control their own responses to their child’s emotions. Associate Professor Sophie Havighurst from the [...]

Who We Are

Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.

We also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.

Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

What We Do

Australian Rotary Health provides funding into four focus areas, and promotes findings to the community:

Get Involved!

Help us raise much needed funds by getting involved in one of our many events.

North Ryde Fun Run 2019

August 25 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

ARH Golf Day 2019

October 10 @ 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

Lift the Lid Ball 2019

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dirt N Dust Run

October 23 @ 8:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm

Your donation helps us to fund health research, and health scholarships…


Australian Rotary Health offers a number of awards each year within both mental health and general health areas.

Mental Health Research Grants

Since 2000, Australian Rotary Health has provided funding into mental illness through research project grants. In 2012 the focus narrowed to the mental health of young Australians (0-25 years), and in 2013 research projects focusing on prevention of mental health disorders were included.

Ian Scott PhD Scholarships

Australian Rotary Health offers Ian Scott PhD scholarships (named after the founder of Australian Rotary Health) for research undertaken within mental health.

Funding Partner PhD Scholarships

The Funding Partner PhD Scholarship program was introduced in 2004 to enable Rotarians the opportunity to support research in any area of health.

Research Companion PhD Scholarships

Research Companion Scholarships are PhD scholarships named after their donors. Research Companions (donors) are able to choose any area of research to fund.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Four Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered at various times – the Royce Abbey Fellowship, the Geoffrey Betts Fellowship, Colin Dodds Fellowship and the Bruce Edwards Fellowship (named after the first three chairmen of Australian Rotary Health).


Indigenous Health Scholarship

In addition to the Government Abstudy allowance, the Indigenous Health Scholarship is designed to assist Indigenous students with their day-to-day expenses whilst undertaking a course in a wide range of health related professions.

Mental Health Awareness

Whilst the terms ‘mental illness’, ‘mental health’ and ‘mental disorder’ are often used interchangeably, the later two refer to a medically diagnosable range of disorders that result in a significant impairment of a person’s thinking, emotional or relationship abilities and which may require treatment and rehabilitation to manage the symptoms.

‘Mental Health’ on the other hand means emotional and mental well being. It is much more than the absence of mental illness. It is the realisation of a person’s potential and the sense of wellbeing that assists people to live fulfilling lives.   Rotary Clubs throughout Australia are invited to conduct community forums focusing on Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Community

Rural Medical Scholarships

The objective of the Scholarship is to encourage and influence the medical students to consider pursuing a medical career in rural/remote Australia upon graduation or following postgraduate medical studies. The Scholarship provides incentives for medical students to complete at least one year in a rural area.

Rural Nursing Scholarships

The Scholarships parallel those of the rural medical scholarships.  They provide an incentive for nursing students to complete their 3rd year major clinical placement and graduating year in a rural/remote area.