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Empowering Through Education: A Journey of Resilience and Renewal during Disability Action Week

In 2020, Rick Gill faced a life-altering moment when a serious back injury at work led to severe anxiety and depression. Admitting that "it got pretty bad," Rick, who had experienced the toll of manual labour and management stresses, realised he needed a change. "60-70-hour weeks and I just kept pushing till it ended up […]

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New leader for family mental health service in Hervey Bay

It’s a big period of change for IMPACT Community Services’ Amy Griffiths. As the new Team Leader of IMPACT’s Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS) in Hervey Bay, Amy is also looking forward to becoming an Australian citizen and using her skills and experience to help children and families in the region.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Beyond the Blaring Alarm - Reflections on Fear and Compassion

This week Tanya reflects on the unpredictability of life's challenges, discussing fear and compassion, and emphasises the significance of approaching others' responses to fear with empathy and understanding.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: The Power of Presence and Taming the Wandering Mind

Research indicates that, on average, individuals spend nearly half of their waking hours with their minds drifting away from the present task. Contrary to the assumption that daydreaming provides a mental escape leading to contentment, studies show that this mind-wandering is associated with decreased levels of happiness and life satisfaction.

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Episode 6 - Gold Medal Resilience: A conversation with 5 x Olympian Natalie Cook

In our latest podcast episode, we are thrilled to bring you an exclusive conversation with an extraordinary athlete, 5 time Olympian Nat Cook. Known for her remarkable journey in the world of sports, Nat shares invaluable insights that transcend the boundaries of the volleyball court, offering lessons in resilience, determination, and the power of a […]

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Creating kindness through miracle mornings

Often, we consider kindness as something that we share with others, almost like a commodity that is traded or becomes the star of an Instagram feed. But what if we flipped it into something that we did not prioritise sharing on socials, or with others. What if, kindness was celebrated this year, as something that we showed towards ourselves?

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Book Your Appointments Now for the Discovery Coast’s New GP-led Integrated Health Service

IMPACT Community Health Service (ICHS) is excited to announce that residents can now book their appointments online for the opening of its new GP-led Integrated Health Service on Monday, November 13.

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IMPACT Community Services Embraces Expansion of Queensland’s Containers for Change Scheme

Recently honoured as the Small Operator of the Year at the 2023 Changemaker Awards, IMPACT’s dedicated team is all set for a significant expansion of the Containers for Change Scheme. This expansion, effective from November 1, now includes wine and spirit bottles.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Beyond the Filtered Perfection—Unmasking the Real Lives Behind Social Media

In today's digitally connected world, social media has become a stage where many of us showcase curated versions of our lives. Picturesque vacations, flawless selfies, and tales of unending success often dominate our feeds. However, the truth is that appearances on social media can be profoundly deceiving. Beneath those seemingly perfect lives lie complexities that may never make it to the Instagram grid or the Facebook wall.

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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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