Posted by The Editor on Nov 12, 2017
Australian Rotary Health has a history of influencing the health of future Australians through their pioneering research. In 2006, Professor Michael Good developed a vaccine for Malaria with funding from Australian Rotary Health. Professor Good’s studies showed that the vaccine protected animals from severe disease/death caused by different parasites.
In 2009 he won Australia’s top science award, the Eureka Prize. Then in 2010 he began a five-year Australia Fellowship at Griffith University to develop this vaccine into a form suitable for human trials. A human vaccination for Malaria is expected soon.
 
In 2007, Australian Rotary Health funded the development of two pioneering e-therapy interventions called Panic Online and PTSD Online, where both resources produced either as good or better results than existing offline therapies. PTSD Online produced major clinical improvements in people with PTSD and required far less therapist time than traditional face-to-face treatment. This pioneering work then led to the development of Mental Health Online, now a Government-funded website which provides free information, assessment, online diagnosis and treatment for a range of anxiety disorders.
 
In 2008, an Australian Rotary Health study revealed that men’s behavior change groups reduced domestic violence behavior in 91% of men involved; 69% of men stopped all violence completely and a further 22% reduced the level of violence they inflicted. This study was an Australian first in assessing the relevance of male intervention programs, and produced understanding of what drives men towards domestic violence. Results were used by Lifeworks (one of the largest providers of behavior change programs in Australia) to increase government support for domestic violence interventions and broaden pathways into the program for both perpetrators and their families.
 

 
Each year, Australian Rotary Health receives 300 Grant applications for studies which could change the future of Australian health. However, only 10 studies (3.3%) can be awarded successful funding. Australian Rotary Health encourages Rotarians in Australia to consider an end of financial year donation for future Research Project Grants.

 
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