Australian Rotary Health [ARH]
Rotary Districts and Clubs in Australia have raised in excess of AUD $36 million since 1985 for distribution by ARH. The funds have been distributed to medical and health research, including Mental Health (in particular adolescence); Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); Prostate Cancer; Ross River Virus; Bowel cancer; Malaria and other conditions affecting the older generation. ARH, as a research and development organisation, has an international reputation for its research into better understanding treatments for Mental Health including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This nationwide program was established by an Australian Rotary Club in Lismore, NSW. Bowel Scan Kits are sold each year to the public and they are collected for free testing. It is estimated that 3 in every 100 tests are positive and the early detection produced by this program has resulted in the saving of a significant number of Australian lives.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award [RYLA]
This program originated in Australia and involves a special one week training program for young people (aged 19 to 25 years) selected on the basis of their leadership potential. All expenses are paid by a sponsoring Rotary club. RYLA programs are held annually and have been accredited by Rotary International for worldwide operation.