“We are just as excited as the kids,” says the Manager at Christie’s Beach, Stewart Allen. Following on from the project in Aldinga Beach, SA which was awarded the Governor’s Award for Children’s Week, 240 new Young Doctors will be trained in the next year in South Australia.
At Malpa we have always believed that if school is a welcoming and culturally safe place with a relevant curriculum then kids will beat down the doors to be there.
Our first project in 2012 trained twelve Young Doctors (a Tji Tji Doctor pictured) from the Warlpiri Camp on the edge of Alice Springs. Dr Clint Churchyard (pictured) taught western medicine to the young people.
The Bubup Doctors in Melbourne recently took their new knowledge to the Yaperra pre-school.
“I was holding a heart in my hand!” exclaimed one Young Doctor with a mixture of fascination and surprise. “And then a kidney!”
Young Doctors across three states and the ACT have just celebrated their half-Graduation.
Malpa is proud to have Dan Greene as the Leader of the Namadgi Doctors at Namadgi PS working closely with The Smith Family’s Karen Parter and Mel Bulger in the ACT.
“Absolutely fantastic!” was how one Ngargin Doctor described their visit to their local Aboriginal Medical Service. “What the AMS staff addressed was exactly what was needed for our Young Doctors” according to the Ngargin Doctor leader, Troy Tungai.
It’s the start of the season for graduations and we are pleased that over 120 enthusiastic, trained Young Doctors will join the more than 600 other Young Doctors who have graduated in four states and two territories.
More communities are joining the Malpa mob – Boggabilla, Toomelah, Berkeley (NSW) Elizabeth (SA) and others in Victoria are exploring the Young Doctor approach
In the foothills of the beautiful Namadgi Ranges south of Canberra, sixteen Young Doctors are in training.
The Ngargin Doctors at Barrack Heights are to feature in a new documentary about the effects of otitis media (OM), commonly known as glue ear, on Indigenous kids across Australia.