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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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STRONGER TOGETHER: Fill your cup with glimmers

I was therefore delighted to learn recently that there is an opposite reaction to trigger, a concept that’s delightful and uplifting and personally, warms my heart. The alternative is glimmer, an internal or external cue that brings you have to a sense or joy or safety. Think a smile from a stranger, a beautiful sunset or seeing a picture of your pet.

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"Dadirri is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It’s something like what you call 'contemplation'.”

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New Image Laundry Enhances Efficiency and Service with the Introduction of new 25kg Dexter Washing Machine

New Image Laundry has taken a leap forward in its commitment to excellence with the recent installation of a new Dexter T900 washing machine. This addition has not only elevated the laundry's productivity but has also led to an enhanced continuity of service for its valued customers. The new washing machine is a game-changer for […]

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STRONGER TOGETHER: The lost art of patience

We live in a world dominated by rapid-fire updates, endless options, and the allure of instant gratification; the once-cherished virtue of patience seems to have faded into obscurity. Let's face it, in today's turbocharged life, patience feels like an endangered species. We're all about "now, now, now," and taking a breather? That's so last season.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Nurturing a more hopeful community

Hope is inextricably linked to psychological well-being and extends its benefits beyond immediate situations. What this means is that people with hope, will experience higher levels of life satisfaction, less stress, and an overall improved sense of resilience. Moreover, studies have shown that those who embrace hope are more successful in achieving their goals, resulting in greater self-esteem and well-being, and leading to a perpetuating cycle of self-positivity.

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STRONGER TOGETHER: The TED talk no one wants to hear

What if we tried a less is more approach and found a way to create a shortcut between intention and impact? What would this look like in practice?

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