Australian Rotary Health (ARH)

ARH WA Team - What's Happening with Rotary Health in WA Click here and to contact the District Representative Click here

 Local ARH
 WA Action
 Hold a 
 Hat Day
Club & Member
 WA Team

About Australian Rotary Health

Australian Rotary Health (ARH) is an Australian Rotary initiative to help all Australians with family health research around Australia. A multi-district project, it is widely supported by clubs and individual Rotarians.
ARH has invested around $50 million into medical and health research in Australia, and particularly now focuses on mental health research. Current programs include:
  • Mental Health Research
  • Indigenous Health, and Rural Medical and Nursing, Scholarships
  • Funding Partners (for research in all health areas)
Key Research Podcasts etc
Australian Rotary Health’s website links a wide variety of research podcasts and researcher video interviews about recent research, and its results in our communities. There are also online newsletters and news spotlight items you can share.
This is great material to share regularly with your members, and to distribute to your networks via social media, so they can see what Rotary supports in mental health and related medical research.
“Lift the Lid” Campaign
‘Lift the Lid on mental illness’ focuses on the mental health of young Australians from birth up to 25 years of age, as well as prevention of mental illness.
This campaign has been the focus of ARH community education, public awareness and fundraising efforts in recent years.
Find out about the research behind ‘Lift the Lid’, see interviews with mental health researchers previously funded by ARH, talking about their research projects and findings, and how they have been translated into clinical practice.
Key Products & Local Research
Products from ARH funded research include globally regarded programs such as:
Podcasts with local Western Australian researchers, include:
  • WA Cool Kids Dyslexia Pilot - A/Prof Mark Boyes (Episode 28)
  • #YouCanTalk - Suicide Risk Detection and Prevention Tips - Dr Angela Nicholas (Episode 29)
Podcasts are issued regularly, so check them out at:
Or you can watch them on YouTube, keep up to date on PodBean, or listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Local WA Health Action
Club or Cluster Champions
Your ARH WA team invite passionate Rotarians interested in family and community health to become local champions in their club and wider community. Contact your local community service director or district representative to discuss how you can help.
Local Workshops or Forums etc
Your ARH WA team is working actively with various clubs, especially in regional WA, on local pilots for relevant country events. If your club would also like to be involved to help local family and community health, please contact us.
ARH invites all clubs to hold local community mental health forums or workshops as Rotary community service projects. This not only raises Rotary's profile in local communities, it also assists people in our communities to better understand mental health and illness, and support those with mental health challenges.
The objectives of community mental health forums are to promote mental well-being, including to:
  • deliver information about mental health and illness to local communities
  • provide knowledge about research, resources and services available in the community to assist individuals with a mental illness
  • form partnerships between Rotary, mental health services, support groups, local government and the community
  • help de-stigmatise and reduce the adverse impact of mental illness
  • improve the capacity of individuals to care for themselves when they develop a mental illness
  • improve the capacity of individuals to support others who have a mental illness
Health Related Projects or Events etc
If your club has a health related project, or is working with other Western Australians in the broad health area, please share that with us and others interested in this field. Consistent with the Object of Rotary and Four Way Test, synergies may exist which collaboration can foster. Post your project etc on Facebook to @RotaryWAhealth, or message us to discuss possibilities. Keep up to date with local WA initiatives by liking and following @RotaryWAhealth.

Hold a Hat Day

Hat Day efforts focus around World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Week in early to mid October each year. However, a ‘Hat Day’ event can be held at any time clubs or communities want to have a little fun, raise a little money for research, and promote public awareness of mental health and well-being or preventing mental illness.
For details see the Hat Day website, 
or contact your District Representatives.
Personal and corporate donations to Australian Rotary Health (of $2.00 or more) are tax deductible. Donations can be made:
  • Online:
  • By Cheque payable to 
    ‘Australian Rotary Health’ sent to:
CEO, Australian Rotary Health
PO Box 3455
Parramatta NSW 2124
  • Or by EFT Direct Deposit to:
BSB:                  112 879 (St George Bank)
Account No:    065 433 595
Reference:       Club/Donor name
                           (eg: RC of XYZ, JJ Bloggs)
  • For cheques or EFT:
Please advise of your deposit
via email to 
to enable issue of a tax receipt.
For more information …
Follow Rotary Health-related initiatives in Western Australia on Facebook: @RotaryWAhealth
Chat with your local ARH club champion, or contact your District Representative or Regional Director who will be happy to speak with your club in person or online, as appropriate and mutually convenient.
Key WA Contacts:
Western Region Director PDG Jerry Pilcher (Scarborough Rotary)
D9465 District Representative  PP John Dodman (Como Rotary)
D9455 District Representative AG Warwick Smith (Heirisson Rotary)
ARH Office Address:
Level 2, 43 Hunter Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
PO Box 3455
Parramatta NSW 2124
Ph: 02 8837 1900
Fax: 02 9635 5042


Updated: 2021-03-01