Child doctors improve Indigenous health where governments have failed.

Posted in News on June 26th, 2015 by admin – Comments Off

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. http://www.smh.com.au/…/child-doctors-improve-indigenous-he…

New Malpas

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The Wak Wakko Doctors project in Aldinga, SA, is already proving a great success. The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le, AO is so interested in the project that he has communicated his interest in hosting a luncheon for the Young Doctors at Government House.

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

Red carpet for Troy

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Troy Tungai, our Project Leader for Ngargin Doctors at Barrack Heights, had his inspirational work recognised with the AustralianSuper Career KickStart Award.

Troy Tungai

Troy Tungai

At a glittering ceremony in Sydney’s Masonic Hall Troy was presented with his prize at the inaugural NSW /ACT Young Achievers Awards.

The evening was shared with his parents Troy and Veronica  and his malpas – Chris Mangos (mentor and Ngargin Doctor’s Manager), Sammi Fatnowna (National Project Manager), Sarah Rudling (Principal of Barrack Heights PS), Aunty Patty Roberts (respected Elder and frequent visitor to the Ngargin Doctor program), his friend Michael Pixton, Deborah and Don Palmer (CEO).

Congratulations, Troy. We are so proud of you.

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.

Malpa barrack heights

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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