Cultural Immersion Camp 2014
A total of 11 Registrars and several NTGPE staff members took place in the 2014 Cultural Immersion Camp at Tarntipi Homelands on Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory.
Hosted by the Traditional Owner Mr Edward “Teddy” Portaminni with his wife Mrs Teresia Portaminni and family, participants were involved in a truly unique three day camp that showcased the spectacular cultural elements of the Tiwi people.
Participants experienced an array of activities, such as mud crabbing, hunting for mangrove worms, spear making and basket weaving, while partaking in discussion about working in Aboriginal health. The Registrars were also invited to visit and meet the staff at the Mulakunya Flexible Aged Care Services and Julanimawu Health Centre.
NTGPE would like to extend a special thank you our hosts, the local community, the Aged Care Services and the Health Centre for their warm welcome and hospitality.
Cultural Immersion Camp 2013
The 2013 Cultural Immersion Camp saw 30 Registrars, Prevocational Doctors, Medical Students and several NTGPE staff visit the community of Belyuen; a community of approximately 225 people located 128 km by road from Darwin and 15 km from Mandorah.
With permission from the traditional owners participants set up a three day camp just outside the community on a picturesque beachfront site. Soaking up the best of the excellent dry season weather, participants enjoyed spectacular sunrises in the mornings, went mud crabbing in the afternoon and lit camp fires in the evening.
Importantly there was plenty of activities and discussion about working in Aboriginal health – specifically remote. This included discussion about men’s business with local Sam Cooper whilst making didgeridoos, learning about women’s business with local Annie Moreen whilst basket weaving, learning about sacred sites in Belyuen by local Henry Moreen, and meeting and talking with the dedicated Belyuen Clinic Staff.
NTGPE would like to extend a special thank you to the community of Belyuen and the clinic for their warm welcome and hospitality.
“I cannot recommend this camp enough. It gave me a unique insight into modern & traditional Indigenous life and is invaluable for anyone planning to work in the NT.”
Dr Emma Ellis