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The Malpa Institute Young Doctors Program



The Malpa Institute Young Doctors Program employs respected community members to teach the traditional ways and the contemporary ways of creating healthy communities.  The young people become health leaders to their younger peers and their community. The aim is to create stronger communities and provides career pathways in health for young people.

The aim of the program is to create stronger communities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so they can take responsibility for the health of their younger peers and their community.

Training is provided for participants of the program about:

Learning these hygiene techniques aims to ensure that there is an improvement in primary health outcomes and a reduction of chronic health problems.

Young doctors have been trained in New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (Vic), South Australia (SA) and Queensland (Qld).

From 2017, the program will operate in NSW, Vic, SA and the Australian Capital Territory.

In each area the local language is used to describe the program; in Utopia it is Umbarkalya doctors, in Dunghutti Country it is Dhalayi doctors. The program works closely with the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) on this project. AIDA provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor or medical student to each of the Malpa Young Doctors projects.

Evaluation of the program is offered through the University of Technology, Sydney, and Macquarie University in NSW.

Abstract adapted from the Malpa Institute


Don Palmer
Project Director
Malpa Institute
29 Ridge Street
Gordon NSW 2072
Mobile: 0417 297 010

Evaluated publications

Malpa Institute (2015)

Young doctors evaluation 2015.

Gordon, NSW: Malpa Institute


Last updated: 21 March 2018
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