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Creating better health for all Australians.

mental health research

Since 2000, Australian Rotary Health's main focus

has been Mental Health Research


Under the Microscope – Research Updates

Using Adolescent Sleep Patterns to Predict & Prevent Depression

Professor Philip Hazell Mental Health Research Grant (2010) University of Sydney, NSW "Sleep, puberty and depression" "This study will be used to better inform young people about what is [...]

Australia’s Cool Kids: Reducing Anxiety Online

Dr Lauren McLellan Mental Health Grant (2015-2017) Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, NSW "Improving access to mental health services for children with anxiety" 1 or 2 children out of [...]

New Urine Test Detects & Monitors Motor Neuron Disease

Dr Stephanie Shepheard The York Family Research Companion PhD Scholarship (2011-2013) Flinders University, SA "p75NTR as a biomarker for disease progression in the Motor Neuron Disease mouse model SOD1 G93A" [...]

First Support Groups to Help Sufferers of Hidden Mental Disorder

Reneta Slikboer Ian Scott PhD Scholar (2015-2017) Swinburne University of Technology, Vic. "Reward Sensitivity Theory in Trichotillomania" "I constantly hear about their feelings of isolation and aloneness. Many individuals [...]

Who We Are

Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia.

We also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community.

Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

What We Do

Australian Rotary Health provides funding into four focus areas, and promotes findings to the community:

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Australian Rotary Health offers a number of awards each year within both mental health and general health areas.

Mental Health Research Grants

Since 2000, Australian Rotary Health has provided funding into mental illness through research project grants. In 2012 the focus narrowed to the mental health of young Australians (0-25 years), and in 2013 research projects focusing on prevention of mental health disorders were included.

Ian Scott PhD Scholarships

Australian Rotary Health offers Ian Scott PhD scholarships (named after the founder of Australian Rotary Health) for research undertaken within mental health.

Funding Partner PhD Scholarships

The Funding Partner PhD Scholarship program was introduced in 2004 to enable Rotarians the opportunity to support research in any area of health.

Research Companion PhD Scholarships

Research Companion Scholarships are PhD scholarships named after their donors. Research Companions (donors) are able to choose any area of research to fund.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Four Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered at various times – the Royce Abbey Fellowship, the Geoffrey Betts Fellowship, Colin Dodds Fellowship and the Bruce Edwards Fellowship (named after the first three chairmen of Australian Rotary Health).


Indigenous Health Scholarship

In addition to the Government Abstudy allowance, the Indigenous Health Scholarship is designed to assist Indigenous students with their day-to-day expenses whilst undertaking a course in a wide range of health related professions.

Mental Health Awareness

Whilst the terms ‘mental illness’, ‘mental health’ and ‘mental disorder’ are often used interchangeably, the later two refer to a medically diagnosable range of disorders that result in a significant impairment of a person’s thinking, emotional or relationship abilities and which may require treatment and rehabilitation to manage the symptoms.

‘Mental Health’ on the other hand means emotional and mental well being. It is much more than the absence of mental illness. It is the realisation of a person’s potential and the sense of wellbeing that assists people to live fulfilling lives.   Rotary Clubs throughout Australia are invited to conduct community forums focusing on Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Community

Rural Medical Scholarships

The objective of the Scholarship is to encourage and influence the medical students to consider pursuing a medical career in rural/remote Australia upon graduation or following postgraduate medical studies. The Scholarship provides incentives for medical students to complete at least one year in a rural area.

Rural Nursing Scholarships

The Scholarships parallel those of the rural medical scholarships.  They provide an incentive for nursing students to complete their 3rd year major clinical placement and graduating year in a rural/remote area.