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Poverty in Rural Australia


What is poverty and how is it measured? Poverty is a relative concept. The word is used to describe the situation where people in a particular society cannot afford the essentials that most people in that society take for granted. While many Australians juggle the payment of bills, people categorised as living in poverty [...]

Poverty in Rural Australia2016-12-08T09:55:24+10:00

Mental Health Prevention Forums


Following an Australian Rotary Health Symposium held in Canberra (May, 2013) on “Prevention of Mental Disorders Across the Lifespan: Setting New Directions for Research and Implementation” the message was clear that Rotary could play an important role in conducting Forums and Workshops to inform communities of factors that can make a difference on one’s mental [...]

Mental Health Prevention Forums2016-02-14T17:31:00+10:00

Hat Day


The second Friday in October each year is Hat Day, the national fundraising and awareness day where you wear a hat and make a donation to help shine a light on mental illness in Australia. 100% of money raised on the day goes to research into helping those affected by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and many [...]

Hat Day2016-02-14T17:30:32+10:00

Mental Health First Aid training courses


From July 2010 to June 2012, the Australian Government through the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) contracted Australian Rotary Health to undertake a two-year program to provide Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses to Rotary Clubs and Districts across Australia. MHFA is an award winning course aimed at educating participants on how to recognise [...]

Mental Health First Aid training courses2016-02-14T17:30:00+10:00

The Great Australian Bike Ride


The Great Australian Bike Ride was a nine-stage ride around the country that began in Melbourne on March 21st and finished there on October 10th. It was a healthy challenge raising funds for, and awareness of, the research into mental illness being supported by Australian Rotary Health.

The Great Australian Bike Ride2016-02-14T17:29:16+10:00



On 23rd February, 2005 then Australian Minister for Health, John Hatzistergos, launched the ‘Rotary Health Safari. The Safari, led by a Winnebago Motor Home, travelled 24,000km around Australia and visited 400 Rotary Club. The triple aim was; to promote Australian Rotary Health, advance public awareness of mental illness, and encourage individual and corporate generosity. The [...]




In partnerships with a number of mental health organisations, Australian Rotary Health provided funding and promotion of a school-based mental wellbeing initiative. KidsMatter is all about growing healthy minds and positive communities. It is a mental health framework for early childhood education and care services, as well as infant and primary schools. The KidsMatter program [...]


Mental Health Forums


From 1999 to 2010 over 500 forums were held in conjunction with Rotary Clubs in Australia to raise awareness of mental health issues. A simple format of a consumer, a carer and a clinician proved to be very successful, reaching an estimated audience of 50,000 in total. The forum initiative was funded by grants through [...]

Mental Health Forums2016-02-14T17:07:56+10:00

History of Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)


In 1997, Indigenous medical students and doctors attended a conference at Salamander Bay in New South Wales... This was to prove to be a defining moment in the development of AIDA, which AIDA founding members, circa 1997 was registered as an incorporated body the following year. In April, 1998 the AIDA Secretariat opened in Canberra to support and expand AIDA’s [...]

History of Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)2016-12-08T09:55:37+10:00