Young Doctor's Project
In 2018 Christies Beach Primary School was selected to be part of the Malpa Young Doctor’s Project. The Malpa Young Doctors Project is a health leadership program which encourages Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people to be health ambassadors in their communities. The program teaches leadership, hygiene, health literacy, nutrition, environmental health, well-being and identity. The idea of children being “doctors” is deeply embedded in Indigenous culture and life.

Our program was tailored to meet the needs of our school community which involved sharing with traditional knowledge, healthy practices and sustainable practices. The aim of this project is to inspire our students with life skills, contributing to school values and becoming valued leaders at Christies Beach Primary School.

The project runs for fifteen weeks with 15 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Young Doctors selected through an extensive selection process. This year our Malpa Doctors visited Kaurna Country Christies Creek. They also visited the Art Gallery of SA to see an exhibition of John Mawurnndjul Art – I am the Old and the New, were guided through the land of Warriparinga and visited the Adelaide Central Markets on a Sustainability and Indigenous tour.

When the students were not on “country” they enjoyed yarning together in our EcoRoom about hand hygiene, the importance of caring for teeth, individuals experiences on our land or learning about art work for our buildings. Students enjoyed healthy eating, with a visit to Woolworths at Christies Beach where they learnt about fresh food and logistics of food in Australia.
Our Malpa students also produced an Acknowledgment of Country that is spoken in the Kaurna language. This clip is for use at assemblies and meetings at school. The Taikurrendi Children and Family Centre have also used the clip to show the local Aunties, who were very impressed and proud.

Through the Malpa Young Doctor’s Project our young people are learning not only about how to be to be health ambassadors in our Christies community but also how to maintain our natural treasures through caring for our environment.


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