Medicine, music and resilience in Central Australia with No Cola, Just Fun

The Cheeky Docs

In collaboration with the Cheeky Docs, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Northern Territory General Practice Education and the Northern Territory Public Health Network, the Flinders NT Regional Training Hub is sponsoring the No Cola, Just Fun tour which will kick off at the end of September 2019.

The Cheeky Docs are a group of GPs who have worked in the NT, some for over 25 years, and have developed their musical skills together and formed a very strong bond of friendship and sharing. They now perform at national conferences and associated events. Membership of this group has been an important part of their job satisfaction and resilience whilst working in rural and remote areas.

The No Cola, Just Fun tour has been organised to propagate their experience and the positive effects on mental health and retention, to a larger group of doctors seeking to work and train in the Territory.

The tour will involve music, health education, resilience and community engagement with the following themes

  • Non-drug interventions to reverse diabetes
  • Community engagement and communication
  • Professional resilience and well being

and will consist of two parts:

White Gums 29 Sep to 4 Oct 2019

This week will involve educational events at venues around Alice Springs and in the evenings at White Gums.

The NTPHN are running a series of free professional development sessions for primary health care professionals working in Central Australia. The Health Care Hot Topics will run from Monday 30 September to Thursday 3 October at White Gums. The sessions will start at 5.30 pm each evening with dinner and entertainment.

The following topics are being offered

  • Night 1 – Monday 30 September 2019
    Cardiovascular Medicine and Cancer
  • Night 2 – Tuesday 1 October 2019
    Musculoskeletal, Mental Health and Geriatrics
  • Night 3 – Wednesday 2 October 2019
    Diabetes, Thyroid, COPD and ENT
  • Night 4 – Thursday 3 October 2019
    Women’s Health, Paediatrics and Infectious Disease

There will be a concert in the evening for Alice Springs residents and visitors on Friday 4 October. (Save the Date)

MacDonnell Ranges Tour 5 Oct – 11th Oct 2019
The group will visit Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Utju (Areyonga), Sandy Creek, Kings Canyon and Mutitjulu. There will be 5 concerts involving interaction with local bands and local communities.

For more information on the tour and to register go to

For more information on the educational events, Hot Topics and the concert, email

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