Associate Professor Helen Stain Mental Health Research Grant (2011-2012) University of Newcastle, NSW "Improving social engagement of rural 'at risk' youth: A randomised effectiveness trial of a telephone delivered Cognitive and Dialectical [...]
Dr Lauren McLellan Mental Health Grant (2015-2017) Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, NSW "Improving access to mental health services for children with anxiety" 1 or 2 children out of every [...]
Dr Stephanie Shepheard The York Family Research Companion PhD Scholarship (2011-2013) Flinders University, SA "p75NTR as a biomarker for disease progression in the Motor Neuron Disease mouse model SOD1 G93A" Researchers [...]
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:
Since the year 2000, Australian Rotary Health has focused its funding on mental health research. In 2012 this focus narrowed to the Mental Health of Young Australians, and in 2013 research projects focussing on the Prevention of Mental Health Disorders were included.
There are three ways we fund mental health research:
Australian Rotary Health engages with a variety of funding partners to provide Research Grants and PhD Scholarships. These projects encompass a broad range of general health areas including cancer, heart disease, children’s health, motor neuron disease, diabetes and more.
There are two ways we fund general health research:
These Scholarships support Indigenous students to undertake tertiary training in nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, dentistry and other health related degrees at university. These scholarships help Indigenous students to overcome barriers to tertiary study and qualification.
Australian Rotary Health provides scholarships for medical and nursing students to undertake placements at a rural and remote health care service. Students experience what these facilities have to offer and provide an incentive for recipients to pursue a career in rural Australia upon graduation.
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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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.