Australian Rotary Health 2020 Autumn Update
The Australian Rotary Health (ARH) 2020 Autumn Update is available to read online now at this link:
The publication acknowledges ARH supporters, contains new research findings, as well as upcoming events.

Hard copies will be available soon. Request them by emailing: or calling (02) 8837 1900.
Lift the Lid in Schools
Dr. Seuss knew it then, and Australian Rotary Health knows it now — reading matters in the development of children’s mental health. This is why we are thrilled to announce a new partnership we’ve formed with QBD books, one of the largest bookstore chains in Australia, to create a special new Schools Program.
Lift the Lid in Schools aims to encourage children to participate in raising much needed funds and to start the conversation about finding better ways to help all Australian kids improve their mental health, through much needed research, with the added bonus of encouraging them to take time out and read along the way.
One the biggest challenges facing schools and parents today is the mental wellbeing of our children.
Each year 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness and one-third of young people have had an episode of mental illness by the time they are 25 years old. Because of these startling statistics Australian Rotary Health has committed to allocate its funding to mental health prevention research in young people. 100% of all donated funds go to research.
Without research we are unable to find possible cures for mental illness or develop mental health interventions that are accessible, low-cost, and effective for the kids out there needing support. Research has found cures for other illnesses, your school’s involvement could help mental illness join that list.
It’s fun and rewarding!
Throughout the year we will keep you up to date with new information and incentives, plus great prizes including book packs for your library and the chance to have some of Australia’s best children’s authors visit your school.
The school’s program is simple – we are asking that each school participate by registering here, where you will be provided the fun Lift The Lid on Mental Illness kit to display in the office or general assembly hall. You have until the end of Mental Health Awareness Month in October to participate and the aim is to raise up to $1000 per school.
Simple steps to get your school involved:
  1. Click here to register your school
  2. We’ll send you out the campaign kit including posters and vouchers
  3. Hold your fundraising day anytime between now and October 31st, 2020
  4. For every $2 coin collected each student will receive a $2 voucher redeemable from QBD Books to get them reading
  5. Tally your collections and make the deposit
A big congratulations and thank you to those schools who have already registered to join the Lift the Lid in Schools campaign.

The first three schools to sign up and lucky winners of a $500 QBD voucher each for their school are:
  1. Aspley State School
  2. Bagdad Primary School
  3. East Preston Islamic College

To find out more, click here.

To get your school involved, visit the Hat Day website.