Funding medical research since 1981

Through the generous support of Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts, individual, commercial and government supporters, Australian Rotary Health has funded over $46 million of research since its establishment in 1981.

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Current Opportunities

Offered to applicants undertaking research in a range of health areas.

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ARH funds research through the generous support of Rotarians, individuals and organisations.
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Significant Findings

ARH funded research findings and studies from our scholars.

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Some of the studies we have funded, published in the Medical Journal of Australia and in Australian Psychiatry.
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Research - Current and Past

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Meet our Scholars

Profiles of current and past grantees and information about their research funded through ARH
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Scholar Spotlight

  • Professor Elizabeth Elliott

    Mental Health Research 'Longitudinal study of well-being and quality of life in remote Indigenous youth: the Biswun Kid Project' University of Sydney, NSW Awarded 2018 "The study will also increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of community members, health professionals and teachers, for the identification of difficulties [...]

  • Dr. Atandrila Das

    Bowel Cancer Research 'Characterising Colorectal Metastases and Optimising their Management' Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC Awarded 2019 Rotary Club of Keilor 'Judith Annette Thompson' PhD Scholarship "As a surgeon, I was frustrated by the number of patients in whom the ‘standard cocktail’ of chemotherapy agents was not [...]

  • Kayla Corney

    Dementia Research 'Cognitive Ageing and the Interplay between Biological, Psychological and Environmental Factors' Deakin University, VIC Awarded 2019 Co-funded by Bing Taylor PhD Scholarship (District 9675) "The topics of ageing, health and psychology are of utmost importance, in a rapidly growing ageing society." Researcher Profile [...]

How Funding is Awarded

Through the generous support of Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts, individual, commercial and government supporters, Australian Rotary Health has funded over $33 million of research since its establishment in 1981.

Funding of $1,384,683 is allocated in 2019 for Mental Health Research Grants.    Applications for Mental Health Research Grants are advertised in The Australian newspaper and the Australian Medical Journal each year, as well as to all Australian universities and other research institutions. Applications are assessed by the Research Committee, with the final selection being made by Australian Rotary Health.

Funding is provided by:
Australian Rotary Health Up to $70,000 per annum

Funding of $120,851 is allocated in 2019 for Ian Scott PhD scholarships.

Scholarships are advertised directly to all Australian universities and other research institutions, with applications being assessed by various members of the Research Committee. Short-listed applicants are required to attend an interview in November, with the final selection being made by Australian Rotary Health.

Funding is provided by:

Applicant’s University/Institution $11,000 per annum
Australian Rotary Health $19,000 per annum

Funding of $566,650 is allocated in 2019 for Funding Partner PhD scholarships.

Scholarships are advertised directly to universities and research institutions in the geographical area nominated by the Rotary Partner. The Rotary Partner selects the area of health – which must be kept relatively broad to enable a competitive selection. All applications are assessed by various members of the Research Committee or other relevant medical experts in the chosen area of health, with the final selection being made by Australian Rotary Health.

Funding is provided by:

Applicant’s University/Institution $11,000 per annum
Rotary Funding Partner $12,000 per annum
Australian Rotary Health $7,000 per annum

Funding of $217,500 is allocated in 2019 for Postdoctoral Fellowships. Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships are advertised in The Australian newspaper and the Australian Medical Journal each year, as well as to all Australian universities and other research institutions. Applications are assessed by the Research Committee, with the final selection being made by Australian Rotary Health.

Funding is provided by:

Australian Rotary Health $75,000 per annum

New Research

2008, 2019

Survival Patterns in Men With Prostate Cancer

New research funded by Australian Rotary Health provides a unique opportunity to understand how testing relates to diagnosis and survival in men with prostate cancer. Ankur from the University of Sydney was awarded the Rotary [...]

2207, 2019

Differentiating Between the Common Mole and Early Melanoma

A PhD Scholar funded by Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is looking at non-invasive early detection techniques to differentiate between the common mole and melanoma. Rachel Teh from the University of Sydney was awarded the Rotary [...]

1607, 2019

Looking at Cognitive Decline as we Age

A new research project funded by Australian Rotary Health will look at factors associated with cognitive decline as we age. Kayla Corney from Deakin University was awarded the Bing Taylor PhD Scholarship this year to [...]

Symposiums

Australian Rotary Health have run successful and relevant International Symposiums since 1985.

10TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Prevention of Mental Disorders Across the Lifespan: Setting New Directions For Research – May 2013
The Tenth International Symposium brought 35 of Australia’s leading experts and policy makers together at the ANU on May 1-3, 2013. A major message from this Symposium was that prevention is needed, prevention is possible, but it needs to be researched. Out of this Symposium came ‘The Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders’ an organisation committed to advocating for further research and cooperative work in this neglected field. Australian Rotary Health also committed new funding to prevention research, making it one of the first organisations in Australia to recognise the importance of mental health prevention. Discussions from the Symposium gained broad national media coverage.

9TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Research Directions in Mental Health: A Vision for the Future – March, 2006
Prior to the Ninth International Symposium, Australian Rotary Health received a number of applications focussing on the evaluation of mental health services, particularly in rural areas. It was agreed that a Symposium be held to formulate recommendations to the Board on providing funds in this special area of research.  From 22nd to 24th March, 2006 at ANU, experts discussed the importance of research being practical and relevant to the community, as well as providing scientific excellence and new knowledge. As a result, 20 research grants were awarded from 2007 to 2009 to evaluate a number of mental health service providers and ensure highest quality practice. The selection criteria for future funding was also updated to include ‘relevance to the community’.

8TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Rotary and Mental Illness: Building Effective Relationships Between Funders, Consumers/Carers, Clinicians and Scientists – March 2003
The Eighth International Symposium, March 19-21, 2003 at ANU, was held to build relationships between the Rotary community and experts working in Mental Health. 28 clinicians, researchers, consumer/carers and funders met together with the Australian Rotary Health Board. Findings were used to inform the dissemination of research information, develop funding priorities and improve collaboration between a number of mental health stakeholders.

7TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Rotary and Science in Australia: Evidence, Action & Partnership In Mental Health – May 1999
The Seventh International Symposium was held 5th-7th May, 1999 at ANU. The Conference brought together 18 experts, representing a wide range of areas of mental health in Australia. Experts delivered a greater understanding of the mental health problems facing the community, and enabled Australian Rotary Health to focus their funding areas over the proceeding five years.

6TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Health and the Family – May 1996
The Sixth International Symposium was held at ANU, 23rd-25th May, 1996. This was convened by Dr. Stephen Zubrick of the TVW Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, W.A. Overseas presenters included Professor James Anglin, Canada, Professor Dina Krauskopf, Costa Rica and Dr. Zarrina Kurtz of United Kingdom plus 28 eminent medical professionals from around Australia.

5TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Adolescent Health Behaviour: Identifying Vulnerability And Resilience – November 1992
The Fifth International Symposium was held at ANU, 11th-14th November, 1992. Overseas presenters included Dr Patrick Alvin – France, Professor Michael Resnick – USA, Dr Linda Bearinger – USA and Dr Evelyn Eisenstein – Brazil, plus 39 medical and adolescent health specialists from Australia. It was convened by Dr David Bennett, Head of the Adolescent Medical Unit, Children’s Hospital, Sydney. Following the Symposium, the overseas presenters attended a Conference in Melbourne sponsored by the International Association of Adolescent Health.

4TH SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Environment, Health and The Elderly – November 1990
The Fourth International Research Symposium was conducted in Canberra, November 21-24, 1990 at ANU. Overseas speakers were Dr Norman Sartouirius from the World Health Organisation, Geneva, Professor Bertil Steen from Gotenburg, Sweden and Dr Sandford Finkel from North Western University Chicago. The Conference was convened by Professor Edmund Chiu, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. The proceedings from this Conference were published in the Australian Journal on Ageing with worldwide distribution.

3RD SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Alzheimer’s Disease – October 1988
The Third International Research Symposium was conducted in Canberra, 28th-30th October, 1988 at ANU. The subject for study and discussion was Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The Conference was convened by Dr Ross Anderson, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne.

2ND SYMPOSIUM – SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL

Muscular Dystrophy – November 1986
The Second International Research Symposium followed the enthusiastic response to the first symposium, and was held in Sydney in November 1986. 40 leading Australian and New Zealand researchers into Muscular Dystrophy and Related Diseases, together with acknowledged world leaders from the USA and UK, met for three days. The inter-change of ideas and information about current techniques in use overseas was to make a significant impact on Australian research in future years. Findings were reported in the Australian Paediatric Journal and received worldwide publicity.

1ST SYMPOSIUM – CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL

Cot Death – February 1985
The First International Research Symposium was held at Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, NSW in February 1985, the year Australian Rotary Health was founded. Pending the accumulation of sufficient income to support a major ongoing project, the Fund organised a symposium into Cot Death. Five internationally recognised experts from the UK and USA, as well as 25 eminent Australian research specialists, attended. The Conference was unique in its field, discussions were published in the Australian Paediatric Journal and circulated worldwide.

MILESTONES IN RESEARCH

Australian Rotary Health has provided over $33 million for funding into a broad range of research areas. The Board, in conjunction with the Research Committee, has prioritised cutting-edge research, which is relevant to the community. Topics in bold are major focus areas:

1986 to 1994 – Cot Death
1989-1995 – Environmental Health Problems of the Aged
1993-1996 – Adolescent Health
1996-1999 – Family Health

1998 – Bowelscan
1998-2000 – Ross River Virus
2000 – Malaria
1999 to 2001 – First Aid, Pre-hospital treatment, Emergency Care
2000  to 2011 – Mental Illness
2007 – Waist Disposal Project
2007 to 2010 – Evaluation of Mental Health Service Provision
2007 to 2009 – Evaluation of Rural Health Service Provision
2010 to 2011 – Bipolar Disorder, funded by the Bipolar Expedition Study
2011 to 2013 – Beyond Bushfires: Community, Recovery and Resilience
2012 onwards – Mental Health of Young Australians
2013 – Prevention of Mental Disorders