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The Malpa Tjitji (child) doctors project brings together doctors, medical students, Ngangkari (traditional healers) and Elders to pass on skills to young people so that they can take responsibility for the health of their younger peers and their community.
Driving the project are the high rates of otitis media (and risk of deafness), high rates of trachoma (risk of blindness), as well as poor living conditions (lack of water and power) in the Northern Territory (NT) among Indigenous Australians. The Tjitji doctors learn about the need for washing faces, cleaning noses, hand hygiene, wearing clean clothes, keeping the house clean, and keeping the community clean. Independent research has shown that these simple techniques will significantly improve primary health outcomes and will likely reduce longer term chronic health problems.
Abstract adapted from Malpa project
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Gordon NSW 2072
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