We are deeply saddened that one of our greatest encouragers has passed away. Nora Nelson Napatljari was a proud Warlpiri woman born near Lake McKay who became a great artist and teacher.
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!”
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.
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. read more »
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.
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.
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. read more »
The Dhalayi Doctors now have their own Pledge which they recite at the beginning of each session. read more »
Two new projects are about to begin under the leadership of Garth Fatnowna. This is the fifth Young Doctor project run in Dhungutti country and we thank all the Elders and the health professionals from across the MacLeay Valley for their enthusiastic support and involvement.
The esteemed Dr Howard Goldenberg and recently graduated Dr Clint Churchyard have generously agreed to be official medical advisors to The Malpa Project. Both have had a long connection with our work. Howard is a legendary medico with extensive experience in scores of remote Aboriginal communities and wrote the book RAFT to share his experiences. Clint left a distinguished career with the police inspired to work with Indigenous people. He recently completed his five years of medical training.