In September 2019, 25 volunteers traversed 100km of the arid South Australian outback over five days to raise funds and awareness for Indigenous health and education.

Through the Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge, over $164,000 was raised from 938 donors in 10 countries to support scholarships for Indigenous students at the University of Newcastle and health research to benefit Indigenous communities. Thank you to those who generously donated towards this cause; your support will help transform lives for Indigenous Australians now, and for generations to come.

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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.

News • 22 May 2019

Ikara-Flinders Ranges | A Tough Challenge for a Courageous Cause

In September, 25 volunteer staff, students, alumni and community members will walk together, trekking 100km of the arid heart of the South Australian outback.

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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.