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NEWCASTLE CONCUSSION CLINIC LEADING THE WAY

It’s become a hot topic in sport in recent years, now growing awareness of the impact of concussion is producing greater demand for services. A clinic in Newcastle is emerging as a world leader in the field, with some of sport’s big names set to turn out to support it. For more information: https://hmri.org.au/events/sports-concussion-clinic-lunch

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UNIQUE PROGRAM FOR ASPIRING INDIGENOUS MEDICOS

The University of Newcastle has produced half of Australia’s indigenous doctors, now it’s continuing efforts to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a greater role in their health. A unique program, offering indigenous students a pathway to medical school, is gearing up to recruit aspiring doctors – and its biggest fans are the students themselves. Click here for more information: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/joint-medical-program/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-students

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COMMUNITY GETS BEHIND A NOVOCASTRIAN FIGHTING A RARE ILLNESS

A Newcastle man is fighting back from a devastating rare illness that left him paraylsed from the eyes down. Martin Broad has spent more than a year in hospital, and now, as movement slowly returns to his body, he faces another hurdle – getting home. Hear his harrowing story, and of the community effort to get Marty back to his young family. https://www.gofundme.com/stand-with-martin

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HUNTER FATHER-DAUGHTER PROGRAM WINS NATIONAL AWARD

A programme pioneered in the Hunter, to strengthen the bond between dads and daughters, has won a national award. The University of Newcastle team behind the DADEE project today received NAPCAN’s Play Your Part Award in Canberra. The study – Dads and Daughters Exercising and Empowered – has been shown to improve social-emotional wellbeing and physical activity of girls. So far, 270 dads and 340 daughters have taken part, and funding has been extended to reach more families.

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MUSIC HEALING TROUBLED MINDS

We’ve long heard about music’s ability to calm and soothe, now researchers are harnessing its power to help heal troubled minds. A breakthrough therapy project in Newcastle has had outstanding success with mental health patients – and for one young woman, it’s helped her find her voice.

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