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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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A HIGH-TECH APPROACH TO FAMILY NUTRITION

Parenthood holds many challenges – among them making sure children get the nutrition they need to not only survive, but thrive. Alarmingly, most kids don’t eat enough vegetables – but researchers are hoping a new high-tech approach will help families eat well. You can contact the research team on 4921 5355 or to register your interest, or visit their website here.

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