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Two traditional Aboriginal healers, Ginger Toby and Rupert Peters, from a remote desert area in central Australia have received international psychotherapy awards in Sydney this week. The Sigmund Freud Award represents a lifetime achievement for the men, who are part of a group operating south-west of Alice Springs. The men have been working in the field for decades and now work for a local service, the NPY Women's Council.
Dr Tony Korner of the World Psychotherapy Congress says the award recognises the links between modern medicine and traditional Aboriginal practices. 'They do feel there are many problems they can deal with effectively, and I think there is every reason to believe there are problems they do deal with effectively without the assistance of mainstream healthcare.'