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An Aboriginal homeland in the Northern Territory, Utopia, is now the proud home of 39 graduates from the Malpa young doctors project.
The project had originally employed two Alyawarre leaders and two Elders to train 15 young doctors one afternoon a week, but high interest in the scheme led to 39 graduates. Malpa's medical advisor, Dr Howard Goldenberg, commented, 'the kid doctors are multiplying... they might just be responsible for an outbreak of health.'
Over the ten week course the children learnt about leadership, nutrition, environmental health, health literacy and hygiene. They gathered bush medicines and hunted for healthy bush food including kangaroo, perrente (large, meter long lizards) and bush turkey.
Each graduate received a formal certificate and a beanie made in the colors of the Aboriginal flag and bearing the words 'Umbarkalya Doctor' (young doctor).
The project is now preparing to run at nearby Boundary Bore and Thommyhawk Swamp.
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