Dan Greene – ACT’s NAIDOC Person of the Year

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Dan Greene (R) with last year’s winner, Dion Devow

Dan Greene (R) with last year’s winner, Dion Devow

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.

Check out his interview in ABC Radio-Canberra starting at the 1.07 mins mark and talking Malpa at 1.18 mins.

His citation includes the following:

Dan is a proud Alyawarre man (Utopia, NT) dedicated to helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids develop a powerful sense of identity and helping them to learn about culture from Elders and other members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

In recent years, at Namadgi School, he has continued to strengthen his efforts for Indigenous students and families through the development of partnerships with the school and numerous organisations such as MALPA, The Wirrapanda Foundation, Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation, The Smith Family, Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association (AIDA), Greening Australia and The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).

Barrack Heights AMS Rocks Young Doctors

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dentist2“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.

The Barrack Heights group started by having their teeth were checked. They mounted a high-tech chair and had their teeth looked at while their friends played Dental Assistant by monitoring, spraying water, blowing air into their mouths with a special hose.

Another group brushed their teeth with a special pink goo. It helped show the Ngargin Doctors if they needed to brush more and if their teeth were nice and healthy.

Then they played a game guessing the sugar content in the products that were in our given bag. That was an eye opener. “Ten teaspoons of sugar in every can! Yuk”

Then everyone had their heart rate monitored before and after doing star jump exercises.

“I can honestly say that we do have a lot of kids with a lot of energy, but they are healthy just the same” Troy commented.

Ngargin Doctor Leader Troy Tungai get the jitters with the Young Dentists

Ngargin Doctor Leader Troy Tungai gets the jitters with the Young Dentists

Then a doctor checked everyone’s ears to see if they were hearing well and showing kids the insides of their ears on a computer screen. One group was joined experienced nurses doing basic First Aid. The kids loved wrapping their mates up in bandages and they knew why and when they had to do it. They were even more excited to walk back to school with an “injury”.

The day was a huge success. The AMS staff were spot on, they used kid-friendly language and the content was precise, as well as relevant.

Thanks AMS staff. You rock.


400 more Young Doctors in 2017

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Boori Doctors at their Graduation at Albion Park Rail PS

Boori Doctors at their Graduation at Albion Park Rail PS

More communities are joining the Malpa mob – Boggabilla, Toomelah, Berkley (NSW) Elizabeth (SA) and others in Victoria are exploring the Young Doctor approach. They join communities where we have worked for years. In 2017 we will train 400 more Young Doctors. One community is negotiating to have a visit from the Air Ambulance helicopter. Inspirational.
We are proud to continue working with our partners at The Smith Family and Relationships Australia.

Inspirational Young Doctors

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Three of the Bubup Doctors from Melbourne

Three of the Bubup Doctors from Melbourne

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. Together they keep making a real difference in their community and their parents, Elders, leaders, Uncles and Aunties and school mates are proud of them all.

 See the Young Doctors in action

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And now Young Zulu Doctors

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Zulu1Australian Indigenous communities reach across the waters to their African cousins after being invited into Khatani in KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa, to start Young Doctor projects in 2017.

Shwebe Zela has put his hand up to be the inaugural leader. He says that life is challenging in his area with unemployment running at more than 40% and HIV/AIDS cutting a swathe through the community leaving large numbers of children without parents. All this on top of appalling rates of poverty.

Many children have the task of bring up themselves and their siblings and Young Doctor programs aims to give them the personal resilience to do this successfully.


This invitation from Sofi Ntshalintshali is a credit to our Australian Managers, Leaders, Young Doctors and Communities who have created something special that others see as a positive way for the future.

The Malpa Project is proud to work with Isibani who have deep connections in the community and are highly respected in delivering a wide range of health services.


Young Doctors in the National Capital

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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.

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.


• 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

Posted in News on February 26th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

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

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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.