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Indigenous students tackle mental health management

Indigenous students tackle mental health management

A small group of Indigenous students has embarked on an innovative Queensland course aimed at combating the devastating rates of Indigenous suicide. Dianne Jensen reports. Like all new students, the 2015 intake at Wontulp-Bi-Buya College in Cairns turned up to the first day of class with a mix of excitement and trepidation. The 35 students enrolled for the Certificate IV ...

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Hummingbird House takes flight

Hummingbird House cofounders Paul and Gabrielle Quilliam turning the sod with their daughter Shiloh, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Margie Abbott and Wesley Mission Brisbane Executive Director Geoff Batkin. Photo by Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has officially turned the sod at the site of Hummingbird House, a purpose-built children’s hospice which will provide 24-hour paediatric palliative care in Queensland. Jessica Mewburn writes. Baby Kate was born on 9 December 2008 with a congenital cardiac defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot. Fiona and Mark Engwirda knew from their 19-week scan that Kate ...

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Shop guilt-free

Outfit sourced from op shop stores around Australia. Photo by nevereverpayretail.com.au

Years ago you wouldn’t be caught dead in hand-me-down clothes, but today upcycling an old garment is considered both ethically conscious and fashionable. So why isn’t it mainstream? Ashley Thompson explores. Emerging in the early 1900s, “charity shops” or “bazaars” were first set up to give labour opportunities to the disadvantaged and simultaneously fundraise for charities. It wasn’t until the deprivation ...

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Giving differently

Than holding Aung outside a refugee camp in Thailand. Photo by Act for Peace.

Sick of giving people socks or undies for Christmas? Mardi Lumsden explores gifts that give more than once. Christmas gift giving can be a stressful and expensive exercise, especially if purchasing for people who already have so much. A number of organisations provide alternative Christmas ideas and ways to help others when it comes to gift giving. Here are a ...

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Mental health on canvas

Jo Munday (left) and Adriana Leonardi (right) pictured with a piece of art made out of recycled newspapers by Cooinda mental health participants—to be displayed at the upcoming exhibition. Photo by UnitingCare Health.

Art is at the heart of Cooinda Mental Health Service’s vision to normalise mental health experiences within the Sunshine Coast community. Ashley Thompson writes. The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital’s Cooinda Mental Health Service is inviting members of the public to participate in its second annual Mental Health Week art exhibition in October. “Mental health is often misunderstood, or ‘if it ...

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Chaps help kids giddy-up

A young participant experiences horses up close at MacKay Riding for the Disabled. The photo was supplied.

The Iona West Men’s Shed in Mackay is helping a local charity saddle up to overcome disadvantage. Ashley Thompson reports. Iona West Men’s Shed Coordinator Chris McAdam recently handed over one of six horse-shaped saddle racks to the Mackay Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). The association works to develop ability and enrich the lives of disabled people though relationships ...

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Moderator’s Community Service Medal: the search is on

Recipients of the the 2013 Moderator's Medal. Photo: Uniting Communications.

The search is on for nominations for the 2014 Moderator’s Community Service Medal. Successful nominees will have the opportunity to be presented with their medal during the Uniting Church in Queensland’s 31st Synod meeting at Alexandra Park Conference Centre 10-15 October. Colleen Geyer, Director of Mission, UnitingCare Queensland and member of the judging panel, said the Moderator’s Medal is a ...

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Plugging into employment

Andrew Coleman (pictured) went from participant to site supervisor. Photo taken by Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Wesley Mission Brisbane is assisting jobseekers through a social enterprise which gives them the skills to find employment. Jessica Mewburn writes. Rewired IT, an e-waste recycling business, is a new addition to Wesley Mission Brisbane’s employment services area. Set up late last year, thanks to a Federal Government grant, the Australian Disability Enterprise is recycling computers that would otherwise go ...

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Learning to say goodbye

Rockhampton South Uniting Church is reaching out to the community through a program helping people to deal with grief. Dianne Jensen reports. Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the toughest things we ever face. When members of Rockhampton South Uniting Church heard about training for the Grief Recovery Program offered by Blue Care Gold Coast, they ...

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Communities care post-suicide

New life represented by one plant thriving in burnt land. Photo by stock images.

UnitingCare Community, in partnership with StandBy Response Service, offers postvention programs to assist families, friends and communities bereaved by suicide. Ashley Goetze reports. Queensland’s largest drought has consequences that stretch beyond its thirsty soil. According to The Australian, Lifeline figures show that where severe drought hits, suicide rates increase sixfold. Issues of guilt and shame about suicide impact the grieving ...

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