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
2013:  Geoffrey Bailey (deceased) and Joy Gillett OAM
2014:  Dean Brown and Bob Aitken AM
2015:  David and Karen Brown
2016:  Keith Henning OAM

2016 Recipients

Keith Henning OAM, Past President and a member of Rotary Club of Parramatta City.

As well as being a major financial donor The Henning Family $100,000 Diamond Companions, Keith Henning actively supports all programs of Australian Rotary Health.  Keith organises and promotes an annual function at the Rotary Club of Parramatta City for our PhD scholars and Indigenous Scholars.  Keith also sponsors several Indigenous Scholars – and has them regularly attending Rotary meetings.  Keith has been doing this for more than 10 years.   Keith attends ARH functions that he can – dinners, Parra-Amble and other functions.

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.

2016 Recipient

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 ride is known as the ‘Rotary Ride for Research Dollars’ as riders are sponsored, with funds going towards Australian Rotary Health.   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.

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.

Award for Knowledge Dissemination in Mental Health

Australian Rotary Health  sponsors an annual award for knowledge

dissemination through the Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR). 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 Kitchene
2012  Professor Jan Copeland
2013 Dr Marie Yap
2014 Dr Lexine Stapinski
2015 Professor Eóin Killackey
2016 Dr Christina Marel

2016 Recipient

Dr Christina Marel the 2016 recipient of the Knowledge Dissemination Award for her role in producing and disseminating information booklets and guidelines on co-morbidity.

Awards for Research Excellence in Prevention

The Australian Rotary Health-Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (ARH-APMD) awards recognise excellence in research in the area of prevention of mental disorders, for researchers, whose work is beginning to make a significant impact, reflecting either scientific excellence or public impact (or both).

There are three categories:

PhD Candidate Award

The applicant will be  a  PhD candidate who has published one or more peer-reviewed journal articles in the area of prevention of mental disorders. Applicants who have been awarded a PhD will also be eligible if the article was included as part of their PhD thesis. The awardee receives a certificate and $1000.

2016 Winner:  Pamela Pilkington, Australian Catholic University

Early Career Researcher Award

The applicant will be an early career researcher working in the area of prevention of mental disorders. The applicant will be less than 5 years since their doctoral thesis was passed. The awardee receives a certificate and $1500.

2016 Winner:  Dr Amy Morgan,  LaTrobe University

Mid-Career Researcher Award

The applicant will be a mid-career researcher working in the area of prevention of mental disorders. The applicant will be less than 10 years since their doctoral thesis was passed. Career disruptions need to be justified. The awardee receives a certificate and $2000.

2016 Winner:  Dr Alison Calear, Australian National University