Helena had organised a Bunnings' BBQ to be held on 4th April but it had to be cancelled due to COVID 19. Our intention was to use the proceeds to support the work of Australian Rotary Health (ARH). Bunnings has now very generously given us a donation of $500 to make up for some of our lost charity income. We will forward this to ARH and we thank Bunnings Hawthorn for their generous support.

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

They 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 always well supported by our Rotary Club.  We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians, particularly in the area of mental health research.

Since the year 2000, Australian Rotary Health has focused its funding on mental health research. In 2012 this focus narrowed to the Mental Health of Young Australians, and in 2013 research projects focussing on the Prevention of Mental Health Disorders were included.

There are three ways in which ARH funds mental health research:

  • Mental Health Research Grants
  • Ian Scott PhD Scholarships
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
We support ARH in this area with the proceeds of both our "Lift the Lid" function and our Bunnings' BBQ.
ARH also provide Indigenous Health Scholarships.
These Scholarships support Indigenous students to undertake tertiary training in nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, dentistry and other health related degrees at university. These scholarships help Indigenous students to overcome barriers to tertiary study and qualification. This ties in well with our recent project to provide the BikeRescue program for the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School.
Don Heath
Community Service Director