Young Doctors in the National Capital

Posted in News on August 19th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off
Gouther doctors at work

Some Gouther Doctors at work

In the foothills of the beautiful Namadgi Ranges south of Canberra, sixteen Young Doctors are in training.

“The social and health problems that impact on the lives of Indigenous families and children are not confined to the remote Northern Territory but are very real right in the urban heart of our nation,” according to the project Manager, Karen Parter, a Kalkadoon woman from Mt Isa.

Working with project leader Daniel Greene, an Alyawarra man from Utopia in the NT, and supported by Mel Bulger, a Brungle woman from Tumut, they have exciting things planned and are working closely with the Namadgi PS to make a real contribution to improving student engagement and empowerment.

The project is generously supported by The Smith Family, The Funding Network and the Aspen Foundation. Plans are in train to start more Young Doctor projects in the ACT.

 See the Young Doctors in action

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The Results are in

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Junkujurra -Indigenous & non-Indigenous Young Doctors together

Junkujurra -Indigenous & non-Indigenous Young Doctors together

The Results are in… Last year we formally evaluated our projects. The findings are a credit to everyone – managers, leaders, Young Doctors, their communities, school and not least, the Elders.

Summary

• 100 % of Young Doctors reported thinking about working in a job after completing school

• 98 % reported feeling happy to come to school since becoming Young Doctors

• 100 % reported they are happy to see a doctor since participating in Young Doctors

• 100 % reported sharing their new learning with other children and families

• 100 % reported knowing more about Aboriginal culture

• 100 % of parents reported that their child’s school was more supportive since they offered Young Doctors

• 99 % were able to identify 1-3 people within their community to ask about healing (they mentioned Elders, parents, health professionals and teachers)

• 3 in 5 highlighted that they most enjoyed learning from Elders and Aboriginal community leaders

If you can hear this, raise your hand, and your voice

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filming documentary

Troy Tungai running a session with the Ngargin Doctors as it is filmed.

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. Government statistics suggest that up to 91 % of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are afflicted with the condition which leads to life-long deafness if not treated. OM means kids can’t hear, can’t learn, can’t get job and often get locked into chronic ill-health and even incarceration. 83% of Indigenous men in NSW prisons are functionally deaf because of untreated OM in their childhood, according to a recent government report.

The director of the documentary, Steve Pasvolsky, was inspired to produce the program after being shocked by how much this was impacting on Indigenous kids and the inadequacy of government the response. The program not only highlights the problem but looks at solutions and Steve believes that the Young Doctor program is making an important contribution.

In the recent Closing the Gap report there was no mention of the problems surrounding otitis media.

INSPIRING – AIDA supports Young Doctors

Posted in News on December 11th, 2015 by admin – Comments Off

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Malpa’s Young Doctors will receive teaching and mentoring with a partnership formed with the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA). AIDA has generously agreed to support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clinicians – doctors and medical students – to attend every Malpa project delivered throughout  primary schools.  AIDA’s participation will mean Malpa’s Young Doctors will have a chance learn from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor.  “We believe this will not only give the Young Doctors access to the best doctors and role models, but that this will be an inspiration to our young people to consider a career pathway in health.  We look forward to working with the Malpa Young Doctors in 2016″ said Kate Thomann, CEO of AIDA.

Its a “hats off ” off to our Young Doctors

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hats offIt’s graduation time across all our projects. In Aldavilla, Aldinga, Kempsey South, Kempsey West, Barrack Heights, Berkeley West, West Kempsey Young Doctors received their Certificates and a Young Doctor Health Care Bag from EBOS.

Parents and carers came and joined Elders community members and school communities. One community had a visit from their local Federal Member. Another held a smoking ceremony.

The Young Doctors demonstrated their new skills by Auslan “signing” their pledge and performing their welcoming song. There were even a few tears because the program has come to an end.

Congratulations to everyone, the school communities but especially the Managers and Leaders who have done inspirational work.

Next year we hope to train over 500 Young Doctors in SA, Victoria, Queensland, NSW, the ACT and NT.

Malpa South kempsey

Unforgettable

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young doctors AdelaideThe Wak Wakko Doctors had a huge day at Nunkuwarrin Yunti in Adelaide with visits from two Ngangkari (Traditional Healers) Debbie Watson and Margaret Richards.  They were accompanied by Inawinytji Williamson.  Aboriginal Doctors,  Dr Jon Newchurch and Dr Kali Hayward facilitated a range of interactive learnings which included plastering and surgery, while the Ngankeri shared some learnings with the young participants. Our Director, Sonia Waters, commented “I will never forget this day. This is what Malpa is all about. Our young people learning both our old ways and new ways, and how they come together. I hope that one day, in 10-15 years time, I will hear that these young Wak Wakko Doctors have gone on to study Medicine, because we need loving and caring souls like them to be our next generation of Doctors, or health professionals.”

 

Totally Wild

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Totally wildThis week was rather exciting the Wakwakko Doctors met Seamus Evans from Network Ten’s Totally Wild, it was a blast. We learnt lots of great information about reptiles, what to do if you are bitten by a snake or lizard and we learnt that Monitor Lizards don’t have venom but a bacteria that causes an infection that makes the wound take a long time to heal. Some of the Doctors were brave and held a monitor lizard. One of the Young Doctors, Dr Jade said “I got to hold the monitor lizard and it licked my face. It gave me and my friends lots of good memories. I love Wakwakko Doctors and wish we could do it everyday”

Child doctors improve Indigenous health where governments have failed.

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SMH imageJulie Power’s article in SMH June 26 2015. “I told mum that white bread has sugar in it, and she didn’t know that. Now she is buying the one with seeds in it,” said eight-year-old Wilson Ware, who is learning to be a Dhalayi (child) doctor at St Joseph’s Primary School in Kempsey. These ambassadors for better health are nagging parents and friends to keep themselves and their homes clean, smoke outside, buy healthier food, blow their noses properly, urging them to get medical help and helping them navigate the local hospital and health system. Please Read More and share.

 

New Malpas

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The Wak Wakko Doctors project in Aldinga, SA, is already proving a great success. The Young Doctors are saying “Why can’t we do this everyday?”. In early August senior Ngangkari (Traditional healers) will come from the APY lands in northern South Australia to work with western doctors and show the young people how traditional and western medicine work together.

Sammi Fatnowna with some Young Doctors

Sammi Fatnowna with some Young Doctors

Sammi and Garth Fatnowna have provided Induction training at Berkeley West PS in the Illawarra. They are currently deciding on their project name. Another Ngargin Doctor project at Albion Park Rail PS is in the planning stages for Term 3. Four new projects start in the Macleay Valley and discussions have started so we may have as many as five in Gippsland, Victoria.

More Doctors

More Young Doctors graduated recently at Stuart’s Point PS, Kempsey East PS, St Joseph’s PS, Kempsey West PS and at Barrack Heights PS, Illawarra.

Dhalayi Doctors at Stuart’s Point PS

Dhalayi Doctors at Stuart’s Point PS

All schools report significantly improved school attendance and the Young Doctors are really making a difference to the overall life of their school communities. The most commonly heard comment from Principals, parents and students was “Why can’t we do this all year?” “We don’t want this project to finish!”

SMH comes to Kempsey

Julie Power, a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, has been taking a special interest in Indigenous issues across NSW and came, with Peter Rae, her photographer to cover Young Doctor projects at St Joseph’s PS and the graduation ceremony at Stuarts Point PS.

 Evaluation

young doctor at work

young doctor at work

From Term 3 onwards all our projects will be systematically evaluated. There will be qualitative and quantitative evaluation so that we can constantly improve what we do and identify the real successes so all projects can build on the things that really work. It is also important to look at any barriers and see how we can best support and provide sustainable and workable models of delivery to the Community and foremost for tomorrows future….our students