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2021 Hat Day Promotional
Material Available Now

We have just launched new Hat Day promotional material for 2021, as well as a new Lift the Lid on Mental Illness website to go with it!

Australian Rotary Health will celebrate Hat Day on Sunday 10th October with a FREE online webinar featuring a panel of mental health researchers. You're welcome to join us or host your own party with your Rotary Club, friends or colleagues.

All funds raised will go towards vital research helping improve the mental health of young Australians aged 0-12. 

Download your Host Kit and register your event by clicking the buttons below.

Contact the ARH office on: or (02) 8837 1900 if you would like us to mail a host kit to you. 
Register Your Hat Day Event
Register For Our Hat Day Webinar
Download Your Host Kit

ARH Announces New Research Focus Area

In case you missed it...
Earlier this week Australian Rotary Health announced that their research funding will now focus on the 0-12 age group.

The new research area will be introduced at a symposium titled, ‘Healthy Children, Bright Futures: Improving the Mental Health of 0-12 Year Olds’. The symposium will take place in Sydney in late March next year.

Watch interviews regarding this announcement:
With ARH Chairman Kevin Shadbolt OAM
With ARH Medical Adviser Professor Michael Sawyer OAM
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Thank You to Our Supporters

Last month the Rotary Club of Mount Isa Inc honoured past Rotarian and Past District Governor, Terry Lees with a donation of $20,000 in his name to Australian Rotary Health for mental health research.

Terry has a long association with Rotary as a former Chairman of the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, Past Chairman and Director of Australian Rotary Health, Past Chairman and Past Trustee of the Rotary Foundation Trust.

The club congratulated Terry on his amazing achievements and were grateful for the opportunity to show appreciation for his service to Rotary.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge who presented a cheque of $2,500 to Australian Rotary Health at their recent changeover meeting. The funds were raised at a recent Ambrose Golf event.

Above is Rotary District 9510 DG Partner Lyn Jones (left) accepting the cheque on behalf of ARH from Rtn Jenny Phillips, who organised the club event.
Australian Rotary Health Chairman Kevin Shadbolt OAM attended the Rotary Club of Somerset Changeover meeting recently and was very grateful to accept a donation of $1,500 on behalf of ARH for mental health research.

Above is Kevin (right) with incoming President Chris Bartlett (left) and outgoing President Marie Leicester (middle).
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Belvoir - Wodonga, who donated $10,000 to Australian Rotary Health research at their Saturday night Changeover meeting.

Above is ARH Director Jane Cox accepting the cheque on behalf of ARH from outgoing President Graeme Sayer.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Cessnock who donated a portion of their hard-earned fundraising dollars to Australian Rotary Health at their recent changeover meeting.
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Remembering John McGrath AM

Australian Rotary Health is saddened to hear of the recent passing of John McGrath AM and extends its condolences to his family and friends.

John spoke at numerous Rotary conferences about mental health. He was a good friend to Rotary and ARH and was always available to promote good mental health to Rotarians and others. He was an important part of the decision to take on mental illness as a research focus.

John will be missed.

Celebrate Australian Rotary Health's 40th Birthday

A lot happened for Australian Rotary Health in 2004!

Joy Gillett OAM was appointed as CEO of ARH, having served since 1989 as Secretary. PDG John Ranieri also became the 9th Chairman of the ARH Board of Directors.

That same year we began our Funding Partners program and Media and Presentation Training Workshops.
Donate to Our Birthday Fundraiser

NAIDOC Week 2021 (4-11 July)

This week (4-11 July) is NAIDOC Week and Australian Rotary Health joins in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Watch the video below for an overview of the Australian Rotary Health Indigenous Health Scholarship program, including how it has personally helped some of our scholars.
Click the image to watch.
More About Our Indigenous Health Scholarships

Indigenous Health Scholar Spotlight:
Pauline Anderson

"We need to take a stand against poor health conditions, we need to make a continued effort to spread information about important health messages and we need to focus on closing the gap between our non-indigenous peers. Not only will I continue to educate, but I will also continue to lead by example and to show that anything is possible in terms of taking control of our health now and not later."

- Pauline Anderson, Indigenous Health Scholarship 2021 (Bachelor of Nursing).

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Parramatta Inc
More About Pauline

Youth Suicide Prevention
Through Cultural Connection

Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholar Mandy Gibson has had her PhD research published on the Life in Mind website.
See Article Here
See podcast episode 46 with Josie Povey further down to hear about the findings from an Indigenous youth mental health PhD project we have funded.

Research News

ARH PhD Scholar
Rides for Suicide Awareness

Australian Rotary Health PhD Scholarship recipient Tara Lal talks about the highs and lows of her journey riding a bicycle across Australia in the name of suicide awareness.
Click the image to watch the video.

A Cost-Effective Way
to Treat Anxious Adolescents

Using a stepped care approach shows promise as a cost-effective treatment option for adolescents with anxiety, according to new research funded by Australian Rotary Health. 
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Where Are They Now?

Dr Tegan Cruwys was awarded an ARH Mental Health Grant from 2018-19. That funding allowed Tegan and her team to run a large randomised control trial comparing two psychological treatments to reduce loneliness and depression in young people.

Now, Tegan is focussed on supporting her research team at the Health and Identity Lab at the ANU. She told us, “I want to see this group of young scientists get the fantastic mentorship and research opportunities that I have had.”

You can help researchers like Tegan to #Liftthelidonmentalillness by donating today.
Donate Now

Research Findings Snapshot

Here is a short snapshot from podcast episode 26 with Dr Paula Barrett talking about the research findings from the pilot trial of the Fun Friends program, which teaches preschoolers about resilience.
Click the image to watch a small snapshot from episode 26 with Dr Paula Barrett. 
To watch the full episode with Dr Barrett, click here.
Click the image to watch a small snapshot from episode 27 with A/Prof Caroline Donovan.
Above is a short snapshot from podcast episode 27 with A/Prof Caroline Donovan talking about the research findings trialling the Lights Out Sleep Program, designed to target sleep problems in preschoolers.
To watch the full podcast episode with A/Prof Donovan, click here.

What Your Donation Means to
Mental Health Researchers

In the episodes 43-45 of the Research Behind Lift the Lid podcast, Dr Nicole Reilly, A/Prof Lexine Stapinski and Dr Nicole Hill explain the importance of Australian Rotary Health mental health research funding.
Click the image to watch.
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NEW Podcast Episodes

Dr Nicole Hill joins us on episode 45 of The Research Behind Lift the Lid podcast to talk about the findings from her PhD project on suicide clusters in Australian youth. 
Click to listen to Episode 45.
Episode 46 with Josie Povey is also available now! In this episode we talk about her PhD, which involved developing a mental health smartphone app for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. 
Click to watch Episode 46.
In case you missed them, here are all the Podcast episodes
available on PodBean:

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Upcoming Events & Fundraising

Alfredton Rotary Lift the Lid Morning Tea

Join the Rotary Club of Alfredton for Morning Tea in July to help Lift the Lid on Mental Illness on 26th July.
Contact Alfredton Rotary

Lift the Lid on Mental Illness in Schools!

Get your school involved in our new Lift the Lid in Schools inititative, supporting mental health awareness in youth, as well as mental health research!
Find Out How Your School Can Help

Host a Lift the Lid Walk in Your Community

For Rotary Clubs interested in hosting a Lift the Lid Walk for Mental Health, get in touch with your local district champion!
Find Out How

Let the Pedals Lift the Lid

Rotary Club of Blacktown City Inc President Mel Gray has raised a challenge for a 24 hour static bike ride to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health mental health research.

Join them on the 9th of October on site or at your own venue, during the 24 hour Zoom livestream. Take the challenge by riding, walking, swimming or another physical activity.

More Information

Australian Rotary Health 40th Birthday and Hat Day Webinar

To celebrate Hat Day and our 40th birthday, Australian Rotary Health is hosting an online webinar, joined by experts in youth mental health. Join the party on World Mental Health Day, Sunday 10th October 2021.
Register Now

Host Your Own Hat Day Event

Gather your friends, colleagues, Rotary Club or whoever to celebrate Hat Day on Sunday October 10 (or anytime during October for Mental Health Month).

This is an opportunity to help #Liftthelidonmentalillness by supporting mental health research and awareness. 
Register Your Event

Dirt N Dust Run 2021

South Bunbury Rotary Club are hosting their annual Dirt N Dust Run in 2021, with some of the funds raised going towards Australian Rotary Health’s Lift the Lid on Mental Illness campaign.

The event will run for 5 days from 20-24 October.
Find Out More

Join the New Australian Rotary Health Supporters Facebook Group

You're invited to join our Australian Rotary Health Supporters Facebook group - a place where ARH supporters can share their ideas, events, feedback, and photos/videos.
Join Today

Ask the Experts

If you have a question about mental health, shoot us an email and we'll get one of our experts to answer it for you!
Ask Your Question

Keep Up to Date with
ARH Publications Online

The 2021 Autumn Update is available now. Read online or request a hard copy: or (02) 8837 1900.
Read Online
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Catching problems early, and intervening before they become more serious, will provide the best chance of helping all young children succeed and lead healthy, happy lives.

We have funded research into many early intervention programs.
Some examples include:
The Cool Kids Anxiety Program
Teen Mental Health First Aid

Donate to research today so we can continuing
funding important programs like these.

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