• The Australian Rechabite Foundation (ARF) is a charitable trust registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a Private Ancillary Fund and was established in 2009 by IOR Friendly Society Limited as part of its demutualisation process.

    The Independent Order of Rechabites Friendly Societies started in Australia 150 years ago as temperance mutual aid societies offering alcohol free social interaction as well as financial benefits for their members. As a private ancillary fund, the Australian Rechabite Foundation is separate from the state based Independent Order of Rechabites, which continue as membership organisations in several States. The ARF’s programs continue to align with the Rechabite’s temperance ideals, in supporting research and evidence-based community projects and studies with the goal of building knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol.

    The Australian Rechabite Foundation believes it is essential to support quality research into the harmful effects of alcohol. With these studies and research, advocates are able to more effectively lobby government, educate the community and counter the message of alcohol related industries. The ARF also sees benefit in supporting community groups working directly to enable, encourage and support change within communities and individuals with respect to alcohol abuse.

    The Australian Rechabite Foundation has supported two PhD students with doctoral fellowships in conjunction with the Sidney Myer Foundation. These three year fellowships finished in 2012. One was a study of the effects of changes in alcohol availability on rates of alcohol problems. In recent decades, liquor licensing in much of Australia has been liberalized. The study shows that increasing the density of alcohol outlets has resulted in more violence on the street and in the home, more injuries, and more chronic health problems. Results from the research are already providing crucial evidence for liquor licensing decisions.

    The other was a study of the adverse impacts of adults’ drinking on children. One in 8 Australian families report that someone’s drinking has adversely affected one or more of their children in the last year. Child protection services intervene in the more serious cases, particularly in poorer families; alcohol misuse is involved in one-third of all child protection cases in Victoria. The dissertation’s studies of adverse effects of drinking on children both in the general population and in the child protection caseload will inform policy and case management, diminishing the impact of alcohol in family life.

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  • Australian Rechabite Foundation Grants

    The Australian Rechabite Foundation (ARF) policy on grants is to fund a mixture of research and community action grants. The ARF will issue periodic calls for grant applications, with the amount disbursed determined by the funds available and the merits of the applications. Groups applying must have DGR status, as required by the ARF’s structure and tax status, and be involved in areas consistent with the mission statement: “Building knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol and informing lifestyle choices that enable, encourage and support change within communities and individuals.”

    Previous Australian Rechabite Foundation Grants

    The ARF has supported two PhD students with doctoral fellowships in conjunction with the Sidney Myer Foundation. These three year fellowships finished in 2012. One was a study of the effects of changes in alcohol availability on rates of alcohol problems. In recent decades, liquor licensing in much of Australia has been liberalized. The study shows that increasing the density of alcohol outlets has resulted in more violence on the street and in the home, more injuries, and more chronic health problems. Results from the research are already providing crucial evidence for liquor licensing decisions.

    The other was a study of the adverse impacts of adults’ drinking on children. One in 8 Australian families report that someone’s drinking has adversely affected one or more of their children in the last year. Child protection services intervene in the more serious cases, particularly in poorer families; alcohol misuse is involved in one-third of all child protection cases in Victoria. The dissertation’s studies of adverse effects of drinking on children both in the general population and in the child protection caseload will inform policy and case management, diminishing the impact of alcohol in family life.

    As part of the Australian Rechabite Foundation’s small grants program, we supported Drug Arm Queensland’s “Healthy High”. The event promoted 10 days of abstinence from alcohol and the monies raised from the event were applied to Drug Arm’s Street Outreach Service which helps homeless people and those affected by alcohol and/or drugs to make a positive change.

    2012 Report – Available for download here

  • Prof Robin Room  -Chairman – Professor and Director of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research La Trobe University and Honorary Professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health of the University of Melbourne and at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs at Stockholm University.

    Margaret Campbell – A Rechabite member for over 30 years, Margaret has a legal background and over 17 years experience as a company director.

    Peter Henderson – A Rechabite member for over 50 years, Peter has an accounting background and over 40 years experience working with non Government organisations.

    Prof Kypros Kypri – Professor at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, and a fellow of the National Health & Medical Research Council.

    Dr Michael Livingston – Research Fellow Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) School of Psychology & Public Health La Trobe University.

    Brian Vandenberg – Currently at Monash University, Brian was Executive Officer for the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) and a Senior Policy Advisor on Alcohol at the Cancer Council Victoria.

  • Please Support The Arf By Making A Donation Today

    The Australian Rechabite Foundation is a charitable trust registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a Private Ancillary Fund.

    The aim of the Foundation is to build knowledge of the harmful effects of alcohol, to inform lifestyle choices that enable, encourage and support change within communities and individuals.

    In order to ensure that the heritage of the Rechabites is retained and that approaches related to the concept of temperance and education on the harmful effects of alcohol can find new expression in the future, the Foundation will require ongoing support.

    How To Make A Donation

    If you wish to make a donation please mail a cheque or money order to

    Australian Rechabite Foundation
    PO Box 4001 Eight Mile Plains, Queensland, 4113

    If your donation is tax deductible and you require a receipt for tax purposes please include your name and address and we will send a receipt to you.

    Please contact us if you would like more information on how to make a tax deductible gift of monies, shares or inclusion of the Foundation in your will.

    Contact

    Australian Rechabite Foundation
    PO Box 4001 Eight Mile Plains, Queensland, 4113
    Email: arfoundation@australianrechabites.org.au

  • Australian Rechabite Foundation
    PO Box 4001 Eight Mile Plains, Queensland, 4113
    Email: arfoundation@australianrechabites.org.au