A Doctor's Dream

A story of hope from the Top End

Dr Buddhi Lokuge and Tanya Burke
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When Dr Buddhi Lokuge embarked on a $5 million program to eradicate an infectious and debilitating disease, he soon realised the entire program was unworkable. By listening to community elders, he discovered a better way forward, and new hope for children and their communities. An inspiring David and Goliath story from Australia's Top End.

When Dr Buddhi moved to Arnhem Land to run a health program for Aboriginal children, he had no idea he would face the challenge of his life.

Six months into running the 5 million dollar program he realised it was going to fail, and that's when the trouble began. In the face of powerful opposition from high profile experts, he listened to the elders and took the slow road. Through painstaking observation and working in partnership with patients and the community, together they found a way to overcome a neglected disease as debilitating and stigmatised as leprosy.

This is a powerful story of redemption, and an honest and inspiring account of a family living and working in remote Aboriginal Australia to give voice to forgotten people.

'Could not put it down. It is one of the best things I've read in years in this area, full of profound insights encapsulated in a great story.' - Professor Peter Drahos, Australian National University

Author bio:

Dr BUDDHI LOKUGE is a public health physician who has worked in Afghanistan, Africa and the US for Medecins Sans Frontiers, and in northern Australia with EveryVoiceCounts. TANYA BURKE is co- founder of EveryVoiceCounts and developer of the Wise Child program.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781760110987
Table Of Contents: Authors' note


1 Introduction

2 Leaving suburbia

3 Farewell Scabies

4 First trip to Galiwin'ku

5 Learning about gatekeepers

6 In between homes

7 Crusted scabies outbreak

8 Farewell to Farewell Scabies?

9 The emperor has no clothes


10 Humbug

11 Our new home

12 Rukula and Yinarri

13 Listening before jumping

14 Healthy skin in Gurrumu

15 Learning about crusted scabies

16 The banana farm electrician

17 Island hopping

18 Return to Gurrumu

19 Prevention

20 Listening

21 Gunyangara skin day

22 Raminy talks

23 Ceremonial life

24 Rukula's surprise


25 Better than a thousand commercials

26 Modern day leprosy

27 Proven value

28 Neglected diseases

29 Message sticks and partners

30 WASH comes to life

31 Rukula speaks

32 Home repairs

33 Miwatj celebrations

34 Partnerships and separation

35 The blinkers come off

36 Centre for Disease Control conference

37 Hearing Rukula


Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: August 2014
Page Extent: 256
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Memoirs