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STRONGER TOGETHER: New Hall of Fame Initiative Recognises Inspirational Contributions

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses the introduction of a new IMPACT Hall of Fame initiative, recognising long-serving staff that live the IMPACT vision and values.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: The Power of Words in Understanding and Addressing Trauma

“Words matter because clarity in words is a part of clarity in thinking, and because some words carry great emotional and symbolic weight, and thus should be not used lightly.” —Jeffrie G. Murphy

These words resonate deeply in today's context with increasing awareness around the importance of mental well-being, specifically regarding psychological trauma and the devastating impact that it can have on individuals, families and even communities.

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Episode 5 - Outback Mind:  Creating change for men’s mental health

In this episode, Aaron Schultz from the Outback Mind Foundation shares vital insights on improving men's mental health, emphasising community support and proactive strategies

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Unlock New Adventures: IMPACT Welcomes NDIS Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers

If you've ever dreamt of embarking on epic quests, battling dragons, and weaving tales of heroism, this is your call to adventure. Introducing IMPACT Community Services’ new D&D group tailored specifically for individuals on the autism spectrum, and led by our newly crowned Dungeon Master, Trent.

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IMPACT Community Health Service Unveils GP-Led Integrated Health Service for Discovery Coast Region

IMPACT Community Health Service (ICHS) is thrilled to announce the launch of its GP-led Integrated Health Service, which will offer a range of GP, community health and allied health services tailored to meet the evolving healthcare needs of the Discovery Coast community.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Know your mental health professionals

Life can throw some significant challenges and hurdles at us, so getting access to the mental health support and help that we need, when we need it, is important. It can be challenging to understand the nuances between the various types of mental health professionals, but it’s essential to know what each one does so that you can get the help you need.

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Gold Medal Lessons in Resilience

Natalie Cook, a five-time Olympian and celebrated beach volleyball player, is a firm believer that the WORKFit program provides jobseekers with the skills they need to thrive in the workplace. Her extraordinary achievements are underpinned by resilience and a determination to achieve her goals. Nat’s journey from victory at the Sydney 2000 Olympics to her various pursuits beyond the court is an inspiring tale.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Putting One Foot Forward for Mental Health

This week, I wanted to give a big shout out to our team at IMPACT Community Services, who are committed to making a real difference during this Mental Health Month. We've taken up the Black Dog Institute's One Foot Forward Campaign, a challenge that encourages us to walk with purpose. This campaign is a step toward understanding, empathy, and support for the one in five Australians who experience a mental illness every year.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Why we want to matter, and why mattering is important

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses mattering. By IMPACT Community Services Managing Director Tanya O'Shea We all want to matter — mattering is a fundamental human desire that can significantly influence our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Mattering isn't just a personal pursuit; it's a community endeavour that […]

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Unravelling the Strawman Fallacy and Navigating Clear Communication

The Strawman Fallacy is like a magician's trick. It's when someone distorts your argument into a version that's so exaggerated and distorted that it's easy to topple over, like a straw-filled scarecrow. They reframe your point of view into something no one would actually believe. They then proceed to knock down this exaggerated version, claiming victory in the debate.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Women's mental health and the lipstick effect

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses Liptember and how 'the lipstick effect' drives the agenda on women's mental health. By IMPACT Community Services Managing Director Tanya O'Shea It’s amazing the power that something as simple as a bright shade of lipstick can hold. I recently read an article […]

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NDIS TechHaven: Gaming, Growth, Belonging

In a groundbreaking endeavour to support individuals with disabilities, IMPACT Community Services has launched the TechHaven, a new initiative, aimed at providing National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants in the Bundaberg region with a diverse range of tech-based resources and activities.

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The Outback Mind Foundation Mental Health Workshop 2023

With the climbing rates of mental health issues and male suicide, the Foundation works to proactively get ahead of the problem, providing men with the tools and solutions to find self-awareness and reach their full potential.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Where we start matters

Within the walls of our own households, we've been presented with a golden opportunity to be fully present, to truly listen, and to lay the foundation for our children's futures.

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Episode 4 - Unmasked : Domestic and Family Violence, how we can make changes

Welcome to "Stronger Together", a transformative podcast experience that delves deep into the fabric of community wellbeing and individual resilience. Hosted by Tanya O'Shea, Managing Director of IMPACT with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and Kate Rumballe, IMPACT's Communications Officer with over two decades of experience as a journalist and communications professional. This series is […]

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