Samia Goudie, who was part of the Pelican team in Cape Flattery in 2007 and 2008, lectures in Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland. She includes in her lectures some of the stories from the Hope Vale/Pelican camp, focussing on Being on Country, Wellness and Digital Storytelling. It was through one of these talks to young medical students that the idea was born for some of the students to volunteer on the camp. This project, with much support from Samia, was up and running last year, for the camp at Ellim Beach. Louisa Tatton and Emma Tippett (pictured here) were on board for both last year and this year at Cape Flattery. Louisa had a placement this year for two months at the Hope Vale clinic as part of her final year.


The young doctors were also joined both this year and last by Dr John Cadden, who is a highly experienced doctor, having worked at the Australian Antarctic station and a number of Aboriginal Communities. He works in a busy practice in Brisbane. The doctors shared medical knowledge, first aid practice, fun learning games for the kids and looked after all the medical needs of the camp. Their presence was supported by the ICV (Indigenous Community Volunteers).


Here Emma is teaching the process of looking after a broken leg. Fortunately we didn't have too many injuries on the camp. The worst injury was caused by coral cuts.


Pictured- Coralie Bowen with Louisa, Emma, Dr John and Natalie. Both the young doctors and Dr John are keen to come back next year. 

AuthorMichelle Quach