[BOOKS] ✯ A Doctors Dream ✴ Buddhi Lokuge – Thomashillier.co.uk


  • Kindle Edition
  • 248 pages
  • A Doctors Dream
  • Buddhi Lokuge
  • English
  • 13 September 2018

10 thoughts on “A Doctors Dream

  1. says:

    In 2010 Dr Buddhi Lokuge and Tanya Burke were asked to be part of a program to eliminate scabies in the top end Buddhi had worked in Asia and Africa with Medicins Sans Frontieres MSF What followed was a journey of discovery, challenges, obstacles and hope Instead of imposing a top down approach, Buddhi and his team listened to the Yolngu people in East Arnhem Land, allowing their voices to be heard and encouraging ownership of the programs The results were startling This is book is a eye opener to the challenges facing communities in the north, revealing endemic problems and how easy the best intentions in the world to do good can disempower the people you hope to help.Buddhi and Tanya write openly and honestly of their own struggles and the challenges they faced though changing names and details to protect identities w...


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    This is the story of a dedicated doctor working to eradicate scabies in the Aboriginal community of Arnhem Land I was moved by the plight of the people living with this stigmatizing condition, which was originally introduced to the Top End by white settlers and continued in the population because of poor housing and clothes washing facilities and lack of access to nutritious food It is an important read for anyone working in the health, social welfare or education fields in Australia The author shows why so many health and education programs in Australia s far north have failed in the past, with indigenous health and welfare programs being rolled out like paternalistic steam rollers with little or no consultation with the community involved I was excited about the book when I started reading, but that was followed by a few chapters, that were a little labored, exploring the Doctor s misgivings about delivering the program in the way that it had been designe...


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    Terrific for people in the public health arena to have a non academic text to remind us all of the importance of community in every aspect of project design and delivery That said, some of the political challenges of the...


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    Contains some good information, but has the misfortune of being overwritten by the titular doctor s wife.Content 5 stars Writing 2 stars.What actually happened is very interesting, and worth studying this doctor went to run an anti scabies program involving mass dosing of ivermectin From his on the ground research as he was setting it up, he realized that it would be futile sure, they could wipe out scabies in any number of communities, but as soon as there was large gathering with a lot of travelers and guests, scabies come right back So Lokuge looked at why how locals had succeeded with scabies, and the real problem for transmission cases of encrusted scabies People with encrusted scabies aren t just severe cases they re supercarriers, shedding the mites by the thousands Whereas most transmission has to involved close contact, people with encrusted scabies are sprinkling them as they go.By working with the community instead of imposing something on them, he finds a real solution Which meets with incredible resistance Not from the locals, but from the esteemed public health professors who know so much better yet, curiously, refuse to release the res...


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    A Doctor s Dream is about a microscopic mite, a huge health issue and the fraught nature of ongoing injustices towards Aboriginal people in Australia It is a very Australian story Both white and Aboriginal people are tired of the same intractable problems and tired of announcements of quick fixes that never work In this book Dr Buddhi Lokuge and Tanya Burke offer a way through this mire, but only through hard, time consuming commitment and respect.Scabies is a mite that is a scourge in some outback Aboriginal communities It causes itching which leads to skin infections in the tropical environment of northern Australia Some people do not have any natural resistance to the mite which leads to huge colonies living on their skin causing the disfiguring and serious health condition known as crusted scabies.The chronic skin infections caused by recurrent outbreaks of scabies can lead to abscesses and in some cases, amputations It is the underlying cause that has led to remote Aboriginal communities in Australia having some of the highest rates of kidney and rheumatic heart disease in the world The constant sores on a child can give...


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A Doctors Dream 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


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