Australian Rotary Health “Medal”

The Board of Australian Rotary Health awards an annual ‘Medal’ to an individual who has made a contribution of outstanding service to Australian Rotary Health. The Medal is the second highest award of meritorious service, after Life Membership (which ARH bestows), and is awarded annually. Recipients are presented with a framed certificate and commemorative pin.

Past Recipients

2003:  Loch Adams (deceased), Fred Hay (deceased), Prof Michael Sawyer OAM & Fay Jackson
2004:  Noel Trevaskis
2005:  Philip James Francis
2006:  Paul Henningham
2007:  Professor Anthony Jorm
2008:  Dick White
2009:  Geoff Kennedy (deceased)
2010:  Ron Beslich OAM
2011:  Peter Lean
2012:  Rob Henry (deceased)
2013:  Geoffrey Bailey (deceased) and Joy Gillett OAM
2014:  Dean Brown and Bob Aitken AM
2015:  David and Karen Brown
2016:  Keith Henning OAM
2017:  Mel Gray
2018: Lindsay Morgan

2018 Recipient

Lindsay Morgan of the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West has been awarded the 2018 Australian Rotary Health ‘Medal’ for his outstanding and meritorious service to the charity.   Australian Rotary Health acknowledge the involvement in the Muster for Mental Health and the organisation of 10 successful community health and well-being expos.

Lindsay is a long time Rotarian and for the past 10 years especially has done a wonderful job promoting good mental health and the work of Australian Rotary Health in his local community.  He was also very willing to share his own mental health experiences on the panel at three Muster for Mental Health community forums held in Queenstown and Stanley this year, which raised some important discussions.

Dick White District Achievement Award

Dick White

This Award is bestowed in honour of Past Australian Rotary Health Director, PDG Dick White, who dedicated a long service to Australian Rotary Health, including his tireless efforts as Chairman of the Rotary Health Safari and the Great Australian Bike Ride.

Presented annually to the nominated District’s Governor at the ARH AGM. Selection is made by the Executive Committee of ARH, in conjunction with Dick White or his representative. Criteria includes the hosting of a major promotional event, a significant increase in donations, a significant increase in Friends of ARH or other major contribution.

Past Recipients:

2010: District 9810,Vic,for their annual bike ride to District Conference.
2011: District 9680, NSW for their financial contribution to Australian Rotary Health, particularly during 2011.
2012: District 9550, Queensland, for their major annual fundraising event, Banish the Black Dog Ride.
2013: District 9830, Tasmania for initiatives including Sally’s Ride, The Ulverstone Health Expo & their many Funding Partner PhD Scholarships.
2014: District 9675, introducing the ARH Golden Microscope  Award and  support for Indigenous Health Scholarships,  Funding Partner PhD Scholarships.
2015: District 9650, acknowledge the support of District Governors and, in particular, their partners for naming ARH as the “Partner Project” in each consecutive year from 2011/12 to 2015/16 and before that in 2008/2009 and 2006/2007.
2016: District 9810, since 1986, Rotarians, partners, friends and Exchange Students undertake a 700km plus bike ride in the lead up to the District 9810 Conference.  The 2016 ride was known as the ‘Million Dollar Milestone Ride’ as it raised enough support to celebrate reaching the donation of $1 million since the ride commenced 30 years ago.
2017: District 9830, acknowledging the District’s increased awareness with the increase in Funding Partner PhD scholarship and the continue engagement through their Health Expos.

2018 Recipient

District 9570: Acknowledging the District’s increased awareness with local engagement through their Health Expos, Mental Health Forums and upcoming Mental Health First Aid Workshops.   (Pictured District Governor Rod Medew)

Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Impact Award

Australian Rotary Health  sponsors an annual award for knowledge dissemination through the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) (previously known as Knowledge Dissemination Award). The award is given to a person who has shown outstanding service in the promotion of evidence-based interventions, implementing them into practice or making the public more aware of their existence.

Research has produced a large body of evidence-based knowledge about effective treatments. However, many who would benefit from these treatments are often unable to access them as they are not made routinely available. Open to all clinicians, researchers, consumers and organisations, the awardee is given a plaque and expenses of attending and presenting their research at the annual SMHR meeting. The winner is available to address Rotary meetings in the 12 months after accepting the award.

Past Recipients

2008  Professors Helen Christensen & Kathy Griffiths
2009  Professor Perminder Sachdev
2010  Betty Kitchener AM
2012  Professor Jan Copeland
2013  Dr Marie Yap
2014  Dr Lexine Stapinski
2015  Professor Eóin Killackey
2016  Dr Christina Marel
2017  Dr Cath Chapman
2018  Dr Sally Hunt

2018 Recipient

Dr Sally Hunt the 2018 recipient of the Australian Rotary Health Mental Health Impact Award