28 June 2017

Cultural immersion camp wrap up


22 campers including GPSN students and GP registrars got the opportunity to immerse themselves into the land and Aboriginal culture for four days.

The men learnt to make traditional spears and fire sticks, while the women learnt basket weaving using pandanus. Bush tucker was a highlight at both camps. The first camp experienced cooking and eating a 3-meter water python, while camp two tasted fruit bat and sugarbag (bush honey).

Campers explored Kakadu’s natural rock art gallery at Nourlangie Rock Art Site and Ubirr, hearing stories from traditional owner Mandy Muir about the rich spiritual tradition through paintings like Namarrgon lightening man. Camp 2 made the trip across Cahills Crossing into west Arnhem land to visit the Gubbalanya clinic and had a special trip to Injalak Hill to see its outstanding ancient rock art galleries.

Thank you to Mandy and her team at Kakadu Billabong Safari camp for sharing their knowledge, stories and for taking excellent care of the team, GP registrars and GPSN students.

Dr Emma Smith

GP registrar

The location and the people that we spent time with were amazing, and we learned so much from them. We learned to hunt for pandanus and bush dyes and bush foods, to make weaving materials and make bangles and baskets. We learned about skin and kinship and related to each other in that way to "learn by doing", we learned about working in remote communities and clinics, ate bush food (snake, barramundi, catfish!) and so much more that I can't even list here. It was more than could be expected thanks the team who made it happen and I'm so grateful.

Thank you so much to Richie and Lizzie for their efforts and care of us, and for sharing their family connections.