Read more › News - 20th June 2023

Tackling loneliness with parkrun

In 2017, then 83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun became the oldest woman in parkrun history to join the 250 Club. Now having completed over 400 parkruns, she encourages other older people to join the parkrun family to tackle loneliness.   I have always been very sporty and active. In my younger days (they were…

Read more › News, Press - 13th May 2022

Australia launches ‘parkrun Practices’ to support GP referrals to parkrun

General Practitioners around Australia are being supported to refer patients to parkrun events as part of an exciting Community Partnership between parkrun Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).   The ‘parkrun Practice’ initiative aims to help GPs understand how parkrun may benefit some of their patients, start a conversation with those…

Read more › News - 2nd September 2021

Not just a run in the park

Independent survey commissioned by UK-based charity parkrun gets more than 60,000 responses and shows that volunteering has a bigger impact on health and wellbeing than just running or walking.   parkrun UK have released results from an independent survey, proving that participation in parkrun really does make people healthier and happier, and not just from…

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Read more › News - 14th June 2021

Helping more people find parkrun

Hi, I am Dr Michelle Redford and I am one of parkrun Australia’s Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors. This is a voluntary role that is a fabulous opportunity to work with clinicians to help more people to find parkrun. By working with parkrun, GPs and practice teams around the country can help people take more control…

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Read more › News - 14th June 2021

Sharing the parkrun feeling with my patients

My name is Dr Patrick Daly and I am one of parkrun Australia’s volunteer Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors.   parkrun has evolved a lot over the years in terms of who takes part and how it benefits people’s health and happiness, and my volunteer role is to help position parkrun as a health and social…

Read more › News - 23rd February 2021

‘A parkrun push’

George Poniatowski lives with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, which impacts his ability to walk.   When George was learning to use a manual wheelchair his GP suggested he join her at Torrens parkrun in Adelaide to improve his technique and make new friends, and 114 parkuns later he hasn’t looked back.   When I started at…

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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,…

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…

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…

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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