Cultural Immersion Camp 2014
This year NTGPE’s Cultural Immersion Camps, held on Bathurst Island Tiwi, will be truly unique, showcasing spectacular cultural elements of the Tiwi people.
- Working cross culturally Bush tucker collection
- Artefact creation
- Tiwi arts and design
- Academic session
- Cultural experiences with local Tiwi Islands people
Bathurst Island is one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory. Traditional customs such as hunting from the land and sea are still an important part of Tiwi life. The creation of art is also a fundamental part of the Tiwi Island culture and economy.
(Allow additional time for travel to and from Darwin adopted to your home location).
- Camp 1: Thursday 17th July to Saturday 19th July inclusive
- Camp 2: Thursday 7th August to Saturday 9th August inclusive
What are the Objectives of the Camp?
To assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to:
- Make their cross-cultural and remote work more valuable to Aboriginal patients
- Work more effectively with their Aboriginal colleagues
- Experience remote living and how it affects one’s ability to access essential services
- Provide a forum for open and honest exchange in a safe and friendly environment
What’s Involved at the Camp?
Camp participants can expect three days of cultural awareness activities including bush tucker, bush medicine, visits to significant sites, family and historical stories, discussion of social and environmental determinants on health, local community visit, hunting and gathering, and more.
$5000 + GST
Includes the cost of the camp, as well as return flights, and one nights accommodation pre and post camp. RTPs can obtain funding through the GPET IHT strategic plan.
Expressions of interest to the GPR Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NTGPE has been allocated funding to award 30 NTGPE Registrars with this opportunity, which includes all travel, food and transport provided from your location to camp site. Click here for further details and to apply http://ntgpe.org/?p=6597
Cultural Immersion Camp 2013
The 2013 Cultural Immersion Camp saw 30 registrars, junior 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