Outbreak of good health

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Malpa is excited to announce we will be working with twenty six communities in 2015. Communities in NSW, SA, Queensland and NSW will train more than 400 Young Doctors. This means that by 2016 there will be 650 Young Doctors in remote, regional and urban communities making a real difference.

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One of the Young Doctors

Malpa’s Medical Advisor Dr Howard Goldenberg commented “This might cause an outbreak of good health”

Thanks to all our supporters who voted for Malpa for a grant from Medibank. We were successful and the funding will make a significant difference to our work in Victoria.

We are also pleased to announce that Johnson and Johnson’s  Janssen corporation has made a significant commitment to our work. Johnson and Johnson are major supporters of the child doctors projects in Bangladesh where 1.2 million young people are being trained.

Something we have been searching for

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Young doctor learning about food groups

Young doctor learning about food groups

National Project Manager, Sammi Fatnowna, fills us in on what has been happening during the last few months…

In July we all enjoyed the success of the first Ngargin Doctor group graduation at Barrack Heights PS. Local newspapers were present and ran a great feature story. The students were very confident in demonstrating their skills and talking about what they had learnt during the ceremony. It was heartening to see so many parents at the ceremony. Two grandparents had been so excited about the ocassion that they travelled two hours to be part of it. Barrack Heights have begun a second cohort of students who will graduate in December. read more »

SBS films the Ngargin Doctors

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Traditional Knowledge Keeper Anthony Green

Traditional Knowledge Keeper Anthony Green

“I haven’t been this excited in a long time to see this younger generation so involved” says Traditional Knowledge Keeper Anthony Green.

Anthony was part of the Ngargin Doctor Program in Barrack Heights looking at old and new medications. The sessions at the school and in the bush were recently filmed for NITV and SBS News. read more »

Ngargin Doctors own the Project

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Troy and a Ngargin Doctor

Troy and a Ngargin Doctor

The young people at Barrack Heights PS are the latest to be part of the Young Doctor Program. In the Illawarra Region they are called Ngargin Doctors.

The leaders have developed their personalised program with the support of Sammi Fatnowna and are well on their way to their half term graduation where they receive their Ngargin Doctor beanies from the Elders. read more »

Aldavilla graduation – Dunghutti Country

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Aldavilla Dhalayi Doctors

Aldavilla Dhalayi Doctors

The second group of Dhalayi Doctors trained at the Aldavilla PS have graduated.

One student came back for more: “It was really, really fun and I really liked it. It was my favourite thing at school all of last year. That’s the only thing I wish I could do this year. We learnt about Aboriginals and all our ways and that. We learnt things I never even knew till now!” 

Kempsey South graduation – Dunghutti Country

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Dhalayi Doctor

Dhalayi Doctor

The first group of Dhalayi Doctors from Kempsey South PS has 11 young people trained to be health ambassadors. They had requested training about understanding diabetes so they can be more aware of how to respond to the needs of their community. Students have already received their Malpa beanies and will be presented with formal certificates of recognition of their achievement.

True leadership

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The 'nit' medecine

The ‘nit’ medecine

During our first Dhalayi Doctor project upriver from Kempsey the young people became aware that there was a problem with hair nits in the community.

The Dhalayi Doctors researched an alternative to shaving heads and rubbing in kerosene which, even though it works, causes embarrassment. They secured donations of the ingredients and bottles and made a kit which went to every home. Within a short space of time nits had been eliminated and all children could return to school.

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Wandarra Doctors – Wurunjiri Country

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David Peake

David Peake

Malpa’s first urban-based project will start in Melbourne’s Broadmeadows with its unique inclusion of non-Indigenous Malpas (mates) for each Indigenous Young Doctor. Program Co-ordinator David Peake says this was a request from the Elders. Sammi Fatnowna has been sitting down with Elders and respected community members to begin shaping the project.

Ngargin Doctors – Yuin Country

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Barrack Heights Leaders

Barrack Heights Leaders

Leaders at Barrack Height PS, south of Wollongong, have been engaged in training and planning their project. The area features virgin bushland where native food and medicines grow and there is even a “birthing tree”. The Ngargin Doctors will benefit from experiencing the Old Ways of health alongside the New. We welcome Aunty Pattie Roberts, Veronica Archibald, Troy Tungai and Chris Mangos to the Malpa mob.

Dhalayi Doctor Leaders

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Garth and Sammi Fatnowna

Garth and Sammi Fatnowna

Garth Fatnowna has taken over facilitating the Dhalayi Doctor project for the Kempsey area now that Aaron has moved on. Garth is of aboriginal and islander SSI descent and brings a wealth of experience to this position.

He is an infants primary teacher who has worked in a variety of schools and settings over his 20+ year career. He has also held high consultancy positions in TAFE and education departments over the years. read more »