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Read more › News - 10th February 2020

A prescription for life to Goondiwindi parkrun

Goondiwindi Medical Centre became interested in social prescribing after information came out from Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2019. The new year gave us an opportunity to talk about parkrun and participate at an event.   We started promoting the event on our Facebook page. We were recommending parkrun to improve fitness, make friends,…

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Read more › News - 29th January 2020

Get back to parkrun

In 2013, Mark Thompson was carrying too much weight, his blood pressure was on the up and he was at a very low point mentally after a divorce a few years earlier.   With a family history of heart attack and ticking a few of the other risk factor boxes, Mark, now 58, was put…

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Read more › News - 19th November 2019

Physiotherapy Takeover at Devonport parkrun

Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Administration staff from a Devonport Physiotherapy clinic recently took over the volunteering roles at Devonport parkrun, encouraging clients and the broader community to take an active role in the management of their health.   A team of four Physiotherapists, two Exercise Physiotherapists and four admin staff filled the volunteer roles at…

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Read more › News - 22nd October 2019

Sunflowers in the Storm

On Saturday 12th October staff and their families from Children’s Health Queensland CYMHS (Child and Youth Mental Health Service), attended the New Farm parkrun as a staff well- being activity to celebrate Mental Health Week.   CHQ CYMHS specialises in helping infants, children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have…

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Read more › News, Press - 30th September 2019

Survey reveals health professionals prescribing parkrun to boost Australia’s health

A survey of almost 3,000 Australian-based health professionals has revealed the extent to which patients are being signposted to parkrun events around the country, as an alternative to more ‘traditional’ medication or to complement existing treatment.   Almost 2,000 of those surveyed (69%) revealed they currently prescribe parkrun in a professional capacity, with 87% of…

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Read more › News, Press - 26th August 2019

Scrubbing in to volunteer at parkrun

Volunteer takeovers at parkrun are not an unusual occurrence. Often its running groups or families that participate in parkrun and decide to take on all the volunteer roles.   On August 10th, Bundaberg parkrun was taken over by students from the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School led by Academic Lead (General Practice) Therese Ryan…

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Read more › News, Press - 1st August 2019

GP ‘takeover’ at Brimbank parkrun

Doctors, nurses and administration staff from a medical centre in Caroline Springs in Victoria took over the volunteer roles at Brimbank parkrun on Saturday, to encourage more local residents to lead happier and healthier lives.   To promote ‘social prescribing’, where GPs recommend parkrun to patients for physical and social benefits, GP Dr Jennifer Maxwell said it…

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Read more › News - 19th March 2019

A 100 Club with a difference

When 52-year-old Joanna visited her GP last year she had not been 100 days without a migraine in more than 20 years. She was also not a runner.   Joanna walked out that day with a prescription for Seacliff Esplanade parkrun rather than a prescription for drugs, and 100 days later not only celebrated a…

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Read more › News, Press - 14th March 2019

Social Prescribing Day

Today is International Social Prescribing Day, which highlights the importance and significance of the health sector in using non-medical referral options to improve the health and wellbeing of patients. Options such as parkrun.   Here in Australia, parkrun is keen to build on the groundbreaking #parkrunPractice initiative that was developed by parkrun UK in collaboration…

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Read more › News - 28th February 2019

The experiences of a parkrunning GP

Dr Jennie Wright began referring some of her patients to parkrun after noticing the benefits herself:   I went to my first parkrun after my little brother told me about it. I had started running at home on a treadmill but was too embarrassed to run outside where people could see me.   I was…

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