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Frontier Services centenary reaches a high note

ON 26 September, up to 2000 people will celebrate 100 years of continued support for the people of remote Australia in a celebration in Melbourne. Moved by John Flynn's vision for the church to extend "a mantle of safety" across the outback, the Australian Inland Mission was established on that date in 1912. A century on, Frontier Services continues to ...

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500th deep brain stimulation surgery performed in Brisbane

THE world-renowned team of neurologist Professor Peter Silburn and neurosurgeon Associate Professor Terry Coyne have together performed their 500th deep brain stimulation (DBS) operation at UnitingCare Health's St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane. "This is an extraordinary achievement, and we believe it to be unmatched by any other team in Australia. Peter and Terry are among the top five ...

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New school internship for Wesley Hospital

ON Friday 10 August, CEO of UnitingCare Queensland, Anne Cross, launched an innovative week-long internship program at The Wesley Hospital for Year 11 students. Twenty-five students from 12 schools in the Wesley Hospital catchment area of the Brisbane inner-city and western suburbs will be selected for the tailor made experience. The week-long program designed to identify and support the healthcare ...

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100 years at heart of remote Australia on display

ONE hundred years ago Australian legend John Flynn went to the outback and came back with a vision to make life sustainable at the heart of the nation. A photographic display which captures Flynn's vision and how it became a reality opened at the National Library of Australia on 10 August. The display, Beyond the Furthest Fences: the Australian Inland ...

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Governments to promote gender equality in the Pacific

GENDER equality in the Pacific will be bolstered through a regional initiative announced yesterday by the Australian Prime Minister at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands. The $320 million Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative will support the efforts of Pacific countries to empower women to fully participate in political, economic and social life through a range of ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes dental announcement

UNITINGCARE Australia has welcomed the joint announcement today from the federal government and the Australian Greens that promises to deliver dental care to disadvantaged adults and to children from low-income families. National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said today's announcement is a well-targeted measure that addresses a big gap in Australia's social service system. "Today's announcement demonstrates we can overcome social ...

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Pacific partnership: Helena Goldie Project in the Solomons

AN innovative partnership between UnitingCare Health and UnitingWorld is helping to change an entire nation and its future for the better. The Helena Goldie Hospital in Munda in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands provides one of only three Diploma of Nursing programs available in this tiny nation. Run by the United Church in Solomon Islands, the hospital partners ...

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Celebrate Blue Care Sunday

BLUE Care Sunday will be held in Uniting Churches across Queensland to celebrate the Church's establishment of and on-going commitment to community services. Blue Care Director of Mission Rev Heather den Houting is encouraging congregations to incorporate appropriate aspects of thanksgiving and prayer into their worship services on 26 August, Blue Care Sunday. "Blue Care is part of the network ...

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Blue Care Gracemere officially opens

THE opening of the new Blue Care Gracemere Aged Care Facility is a new chapter for Blue Care in the Rockhampton region. The new facility, which replaces the older facility built in 1976, comprises 64 air-conditioned, private rooms, six landscaped courtyards, a hair salon, staff room, eight reading nooks, as well as rooms for dining, leisure and religious activities. Blue ...

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Homelessness, starvation and disease threaten North Korea

TENS of thousands of people have been left homeless and starvation once again threatens the people of North Korea after heavy flooding this month. A United Nations Team visiting the area has reported 88 people killed and is assessing the damage with a view to developing an aid plan. North Korea remains one of the world's most closed societies. Its ...

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