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A new program aims to tackle long-term poor health in some Indigenous communities in New South Wales by arming young leaders with a knowledge of hygiene, health and bush medicine.
The program, Ngargin doctors, is run by the Malpa Project as part of their Young doctors project, and aims to teach participants how to look after themselves and each other through games, hands-on learning and discussion.
Principal of the Barrack Heights Primary School, a participant in the program, says the school has particular challenges. 'A lot of our kids don’t have access to basic nutrition, food, health care services.' She hopes the basic lessons in hygiene and health offered by Ngargin doctors will help the students tackle problems that could be impairing their ability to participate in class.
The Malpa Project currently runs the Young doctors project in a number of communities across Australia, with input from local Elders.