The University of Newcastle, Australia

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In September 2019, thirty volunteer trekkers will take one week to trek 100km of the arid South Australian outback. Together they will aim to raise over $100,000 needed to support generational change through Indigenous education and health research.

Much like the 2017 Larapinta Trail Challenge the outcomes will be life-changing for Indigenous Australians. With support from more than 950 donors, $152,432 was raised to fund fifteen Larapinta Trail Challenge Indigenous undergraduate scholarships over 2018 – 2020, three PhD Scholarships for emerging Indigenous leaders and two incredible research projects: MAMAS –Empowering Health App for Indigenous mothers, and Improving foot health outcomes for Aboriginal Australians with diabetes.

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People trekking through Ikara
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1,115 ? unprecedented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolments in 2017
77.43% ? Indigenous student undergraduate success rate in 2016 versus sector average of 73.54%
100 ? Indigenous medical doctors have graduated from our institution.
77 ? 77 Indigenous staff members - the second highest number of Indigenous staff of any university in Australia.


The University of Newcastle would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land - The Adnyamathanha People, who have permitted tourists to visit the area. We also acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands within the footprint areas of our campuses: Awabakal Nation, Darkinjung Nation, Biripi Nation, Worimi Nation and Wonnarua Nation.

Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park has a rich and complex cultural heritage combining Aboriginal and pastoral history. The park is co-managed by a board consisting of Adnyamathanha and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources representatives. The Adnyamathanha people (meaning hills or rock people) are the traditional custodians of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.