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Newcastle’s ambassador ship builds links with Papua New Guinea

September 03, 2018 Elsa Jeanprêtre

“When I think back on my time onboard the s/v Ruach in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG), I cannot help to think of whose life was truly changed for the better - my own, or the people that we were reaching through medical and marine training, and different hospitality services,” says Vika Chartier, a 22-year-old volunteer with YWAM Ships Newcastle.

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Reconnecting the loose threads

September 03, 2018 Sam Hill

Towards the end of September, hundreds of people from around Australia involved in youth ministry will gather together for the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC). 

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All of us are diminished

September 03, 2018 Phil Glendenning AM

I don't know what will happen when I die.

I don't want to know

but I want the potter to make a whistle

from the clay of my throat

and for that whistle to fall into the hands of a naughty child.

and I want that child to blow on the whistle

with all the silent and suppressed air in his lungs

so that it might disturb the sleep of those

who are dead to my cries

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Young People, Social Media and Mental Health

September 03, 2018 Kelly Pavan

Adolescence and young adulthood are critical times for the development of mental health problems. Research has found that half of all lifetime mental health disorders emerge by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24, and can lead to impaired academic achievement, unemployment, poor social functioning and substance abuse.

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How much does physical health affect depression?

September 03, 2018 Tanya Russell

Q   My doctor recently diagnosed with me with depression and ordered some blood tests in addition to prescribing anti-depressant medication. The doctor said the blood tests will screen for anything else which may be impacting on my mood, particularly relevant to a woman. How much does physical health effect depression? I understand eating a good diet and exercise are important, but how does it all link to mental health?

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St Joseph’s Merriwa show strong community spirit

September 03, 2018 Amy Theodore

With many local farmers doing it tough in the current drought, the seventh annual St Joseph’s Primary School, Merriwa, Junior Campdraft and Fete provided the community with a much-needed break to enjoy some fun time with family and friends.

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A Nigerian Journey

September 03, 2018 Bishop Bill Wright

On the night following the ordinations, at the farewell meal, Fr Chris said again that it was not possible to thank me enough for coming all this way to Africa to be with them. I assured him in reply that it was quite possible, and that he and the community had achieved that quantum of thanks several days earlier. I’d been told before leaving home that the welcome would be warm and the gratitude enormous. Never a truer word. 

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Becoming a successful step-parent

August 04, 2018 Tanya Russell

Q   I’ve just moved in with my partner and his two children; both girls, aged ten and 13. I’ve never had children on my own and I don’t want to replace their mother but I do want to build a relationship with them. My partner would like us to parent them together and this scares me a little bit as I never want to come across as the “evil stepmother”. We got along well before I moved in and I would like to build on this relationship. How do I now adjust to this new role while preserving our positive relationship?

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