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Hunter Medical Research Institute

Established in 1998, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is a unique partnership between Hunter New England Health, the University of Newcastle and the community. It provides a strong voice for health and medical research in our region.

The Hunter Region has had a strong export tradition in industrial products and agriculture. However it is increasingly recognised internationally for its strength in health and medical research, education and training. The establishment of HMRI is a unique opportunity to capitalise on the region’s strategic advantage in health and medical research and biotechnology.


Nicholas Trust

For Paediatric Palliative Care

It is estimated that within our region 300 to 400 children, under the age of 18, suffer a life-limiting illness. 40 to 50 of these children will die this year.

The Nicholas Trust is committed to the care of children in the final stages of their young lives. The trust aims to achieve the establishment of services and facilities specialised to the needs of palliative children and their extended families. Furthermore the trust is a voice advocating for the provision of palliative services for children.


Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is a community owned and operated aeromedical search and rescue service, serving the Hunter, Mid North Coast, New England and North West regions. It is one of six helicopter services contracted by NSW Health to perform emergency services in the New South Wales community.

Each year the Helicopter Service performs over 1000 missions, rescuing people from accident scenes and transporting critically ill patients from small, rural hospitals to large tertiary hospitals, primarily the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and the Base Hospital in Tamworth.


Samaritans Foundation

The Samaritans Foundation was established as the welfare agency of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle in 1984. It is one of Australia’s largest regional welfare organisation providing more than 118 services to about 60,000 people annually.

Based in Newcastle, Samaritans services are provided to people through 100 locations in the Hunter Valley, Manning and Central Coast regions.



PULSE is a group of young people committed to boosting their social lives in the name of medical research.

The objective of PULSE is to:

  • Raise funds for early career researchers
  • HMRI, a charitable fundraising organisation, by hosting affordable and innovative events for young people.
  • Promote emerging young talent.
  • Raise awareness of the work of the Hunter’s young medical researchers and promote their amazing achievements.
  • PULSE raises funds for early career researchers by hosting affordable and innovative events for the young and the young at heart!


Hunter TAFE


The University of Newcastle


Newcastle Coders Group

NGC is a group devoted to the promotion of Software Development in the Hunter. The group meets regularly on the 1st Wednesday of each month in the Forsythes Training rooms. They are not limited to any particular discipline or platform and welcome anyone with an interest in coding.

The meetings usually feature a guest speaker talking about a recent advance in the world of software development. There is usually a chance for technical questions to be answered and to socialise. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and stay in touch with what’s happening in the region and around the world.


Merewether District Cricket Club