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Malpa Young Doctors Project



The Malpa Young Doctors Project brings together doctors, medical students and Elders to pass on skills to young Indigenous people so that they can take responsibility for the health of their younger peers and their community.

The Young 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.

This year about 400 young doctors will be trained in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. In each area the local language is used to describe the program; in Utopia it’s Umbarkalya Doctors, in Dunghutti Country it’s Dhalayi Doctors. The project is entirely funded by private foundations, corporations and individuals.

Malpa works in conjunction with The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) on this project. AIDA provides an Indigenous doctor or medical student to each of the Malpa Young Doctors projects.

Abstract adapted from Malpa project


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


Last updated: 23 June 2016
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