Funding for post traumatic stress research

By Tara Whitsed

A program researching the impacts of post traumatic stress in war veterans has received a boost thanks to Shepparton South Rotary Club.

The RSL Region 9 district was presented with $2600 from the club, for Australian Rotary Health.

Former president and club member David Earle presented the cheque at the region’s annual meeting in Shepparton.

‘‘We’ve got an excellent partnership with the local RSL group,’’ Mr Earle said.

He said the club was proud to support the project after raising the funds through raffles and a high tea celebration.

Region 9 secretary and fellow Rotarian Gordon Hastie said Rotary aimed to provide at least $30000 a year for three PhD students to complete research.

‘‘One has completed her PhD in Adelaide, there’s one in Ballarat and one studying at Swinburne,’’ he said.

PTSD was a regular topic of conversation at Region 9 meetings.

Supporting general health initiatives

One of the largest independent supporters of mental health research in Australia, Australian Rotary Health, has received a cash injection.

The organisation’s website says it provides funding into a broad range of general health areas, provides scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as indigenous health students.

Among the research projects are PhD studies into the treatment and prevalence of PTSD in military veterans.

Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary clubs.

The organisation this week received a $2600 donation from Shepparton South Rotary Club to support PhD students and their research.

Despite major funding cuts in 2010 and 2016, the organisation has this year had its first rise in funding in four years.

ARH provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding and promotes its findings to the community.

James Dowling is a Year 11 work experience student from University High School