The University of Newcastle, Australia

In September 2019, 25 volunteer trekkers will take one week to trek 100km of the arid South Australian outback. Together they will aim to raise over $155,000 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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Jeff Dobinson, with his nephew Simon Anicich, and brother-in-law, Richard Anicich.

News • 5 Sep 2019

University’s fundraising trek unites staff, alumni and community in support of Indigenous health

Trekking 100 kilometres across the arid Australian outback in five days is a challenge, but one that 25 brave individuals are eager to tackle in the name of Indigenous education and health research.

Blak Douglas

News • 9 Aug 2019

Blak Douglas gets behind the Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge

The 2019 Kilgour Prize winner and 2018 Archibald prize finalist, Blak Douglas has offered to donate all proceeds from the sale of his painting “She could run before she could walk” towards the University's Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge.

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.

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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.