Scabies Control in a Remote Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory

I wrote this essay in 2001 as part of Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine; subsequently published in online book: Rural and Remote Environmental Health.  Keeping it here for posterity. Important factors in achieving and maintaining good health include adequate housing, access to clean water and the removal of refuse and human waste (ABS, … More Scabies Control in a Remote Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory

Miscommunications Abound, as does Forgiveness

This title describes perfectly, the existence of living with another culture. Most people, it turns out, will forgive you for being human.  And nowhere is a person’s humanness so prominent, as during time spent with those from another culture. Misunderstandings abound, and only a minority of these misunderstandings relate to conflict.  Most of them are … More Miscommunications Abound, as does Forgiveness

My Adoptive Family

It’s ten years now, since I became involved with some local indigenous families.  The first four years of my life, I lived in Alice Springs and had contact with indigenous people, some of which I have vague memories of; and for about four years in the 1990s I worked with indigenous people in hospital settings.  But … More My Adoptive Family