Indigenous elders to train up “child doctors”
ABC News (Australia), 2 September 2011

ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA: Elders in Alice Springsare selecting children aged under 10 to train them up to be so-called “child doctors”. “The Ngangkari, the traditional healers, select young people who seem to have the attitude or aptitude of caring for others,” said Don Palmer, chief executive of the Malpa Project. “They select them and then they begin to transfer the healing skills and the knowledge to the children, so that they learn and take responsibility for those things. What we’re doing is working with the Ngangkari and with the elders and respecting those traditional medicines and ways of doing it, but with Western clinicians also in selecting young people, giving them basic primary health skills, particularly which are very, very important.” Read the article …

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