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Health students go rural with the Department of Rural Health

News • 12 Aug 2020

Growing numbers of health students choose to “go rural” in 2021

The University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health has seen a significant jump in the number of allied health students choosing to go rural in 2021, showing the increasing popularity of rural locations among domestic undergraduate students.

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin and Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky AO

News • 14 Nov 2019

Mental health leader hailed on Hunter research’s night of nights

Nationally renowned mental health trailblazer Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin was named the 2019 Researcher of the Year at tonight’s annual HMRI Awards Night, capping a stellar evening in which over $10 million in grant funding was announced or acknowledged.

Partnership transforms lives of people living with mental illness

News • 10 Jul 2019

Unique partnership transforming lives of people living with mental illness

Local not-for-profit Momentum Collective has teamed up with the University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health to help people recovering from mental illness rebuild their lives and connect to their local community.

Family and Friends Support Program

News • 19 Dec 2018

Supporting the supporters of loved ones who use Ice

A resilience and well-being program designed to help family and friends supporting loved ones who use crystal methamphetamine is set for a major expansion.

Sarah Hiles

News • 14 Dec 2018

Yoga and mind study aiming to relieve severe asthma

Respiratory researchers at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute are investigating how yoga and mindfulness classes can improve the quality of life for people with severe asthma.

veterans alcohol use and mental health

News • 9 Nov 2018

Young veterans’ alcohol use and mental health focus of new research

An online research trial is set to investigate the best methods to support young Australian veterans who drink alcohol and experience depressive symptoms.

News • 13 Oct 2018

VR key to increasing resilience in Australian troops

In the hopes of utilising advanced tools to enhance resilience, a first-of-its kind project led by the University of Newcastle (UON) will explore Virtual Reality (VR) training as a new method to ensure Australian troops are equipped with resilience training ahead of deployment.

News • 12 Oct 2018

Brain fertiliser nurtures new hope for stroke survivors

A hormone already at our fingertips could provide a simple answer for a first-of-its-kind treatment to promote ‘brain fertilisers’ and significantly improve quality of life for stroke survivors, potentially even months or years after experiencing a stroke.

Image of basketball player

News • 30 Apr 2018

Findings reveal under-reported groin pain in ballers

An Australian study has revealed the rate of groin injuries among basketball players could be 10 times higher than previously reported, causing significant impact on player performance and quality of life.

News • 9 Feb 2018

Lived experience writing a new chapter for mental health education

A ground-breaking resource has woven together the experience of practitioner and patient to craft a learning tool for students entering the field of mental health.

Conjoint Professor Chris Levi

News • 19 Jan 2018

Funding to advance acute stroke therapies

Conjoint Professor Chris Levi from the University of Newcastle will be able to continue vital research into stroke treatment therapies after receiving $577,188 in funding from the inaugural Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

News • 21 Aug 2017

No smoker left behind: helping all Australians quit

University of Newcastle (UON) researchers are calling for better resources to aid all Australians to quit smoking, with particular focus on population subgroups at greater risk.