We asked our Senior Community Nurse, Sharon Troncoso, a little about her work for One Disease and the interesting history of Alice Springs…
What is your main role at One Disease?
My main role is introducing the One Disease Elimination Program to local services and providing education on detection, diagnosis and treatment of Crusted Scabies and the importance of a long-term plan to prevent recurrences. To date, I have reached 19 services and 172 individuals. My work stretches to Tennant Creek and Barkly.
Can you tell us about some of the successes you have had?
My proudest moment was being involved with the One Disease Healthy Skin Symposium in Alice Springs in November 2018. Day to day successes are dispelling myths around scabies and spending time with clients to help improve their journey by providing education and support.
What are one or two things about Alice Springs or the people who live there, that you would like to share?
The Arrernte (pronounced Arrunda) people are the traditional owners of Mparntwe (pronounced m’barn-twa) – the Alice Springs area.
There are 6 main Indigenous languages in Alice Springs, for many this is their first language. There are 18 town camps (Aboriginal communities within town), and many remote communities.
Arrernte stories describe how the landscape surrounding Alice, including the MacDonnell Ranges, was created by the actions of their ancestors, the caterpillar beings Ayepe-arenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye.