Australian Rotary Health

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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 $33 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
Scholar Spotlight

Scholar Spotlight

  • Erin Lawrence

    Cancer Research 'Investigating novel genes and mutations in haematological malignancies' University of Melbourne, VIC Awarded 2017 Co-funded by Rotary District 9650 All Stars  Researcher Profile Erin completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a major in Physiology from Monash University in 2014. She achieved first class honours [...]

  • Emma Laird

    Hearing Loss Research 'Development of an audiologist-administered psychologically-informed intervention to improve mental health and wellbeing in adults with hearing loss' University of Melbourne, VIC Awarded 2017 Co-funded by the Rotary Club of Terrigal Researcher Profile Emma Laird is a PhD candidate in The School of Audiology and Speech Pathology [...]

  • Rachel Brownlow

    Anorexia Nervosa Research 'A randomised controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of oxytocin to improve treatment for Anorexia Nervosa' University of Sydney, NSW Awarded 2017 Co-funded by Rotary District  9690 Researcher Profile Rachel Brownlow has a long held interest in the treatment of eating disorders, having gained valuable [...]

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 $772,793 was allocated in 2014 for Mental Health Research Grants, $250,925 of which was within the area of “prevention”. 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 $464,000 was allocated in 2014 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 $18,000 per annum

Funding of $710,500 was allocated in 2014 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 $11,000 per annum
Australian Rotary Health $7,000 per annum

Funding of $43,500 was allocated in 2014 for Research Companion PhD scholarships.

Scholarships are advertised directly to universities and research institutions in the geographical area nominated by the Research Companion. The Research Companion 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:

Research Companion $29,000 per annum

Funding of $150,000 was allocated in 2014 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

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Rotarian Brings Focus to Hearing Health   Lyn Davies is no stranger to hearing health, having suffered hearing loss herself, seen it amongst family members, as well as in her 40-year teaching career [...]

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Professor Anthony LaMontagne: Investigating the impact of job quality on youth mental health   New research at Deakin University is set to pave the way for new rehabilitation programs that focus on job [...]

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New Study Aims to Address the Interconnection between Anxiety and Alcohol Use among Young People   Australian Rotary Health is supporting a trial in 2017 to test the effectiveness of ‘Making InroADs’, an [...]

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MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 16 February 2017

Rotary Club of Sydney Supporting Indigenous Health Research in 2017 The Rotary Club of Sydney is hoping to make real change in Indigenous health outcomes this year, as the club pours funding into [...]

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