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Workshops on Building Cultural Awareness and Safety

Six workshops on Building Cultural Awareness and Safety are being offered by Gippsland Primary Health Network to Gippsland general practitioners and practice staff in April, May and June 2021.

The first workshop, Part 1: The Cultural Journey, is being delivered on Wednesdays 21 April, 19 May and 9 June from 9.30am-12.30pm. The second workshop, Part 2: Aboriginal Cultural Safety for GPs and their Practices, is being delivered on the same days from 1-3.30pm.

The first workshop has been designed to introduce participants to the impact that history has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Participants will reflect on their journey and share personal and professional experiences working within the Victorian Aboriginal community.

To register, go to Webinar Registration – Zoom

The second workshop will deliver training to assist organisations to gain an understanding of what it takes to build a culturally safe practice and workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program builds on the Cultural Journey workshop where participants are supported to identify some of the barriers that impact on a service’s ability to provide a culturally safe service.

To register, go to Webinar Registration – Zoom

Facilitator is Brian Stevens of Wariga Molla, a proud Gunai man who has a deep understanding of cultural knowledge and Aboriginal community protocols which is supported by a career that spans over three decades.

Wariga Molla is an Aboriginal owned and operated business that has extensive experience in providing professional services to a range of clients, encompassing organisational and leadership activities.

See the event flyer Event Flyer Cultural Awareness 2021 FINAL.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are a priority population group for Gippsland PHN, as described in the Needs Assessment. More information about our Needs Assessment can be found at https://www.gphn.org.au/populationhealthplanning/assessment/

An estimated 5,207 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in Gippsland, representing 2% of total Gippsland population. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are three times more likely to have hospital admissions than non-Indigenous people. Also, presentations to emergency departments are more than twice as common for Indigenous people in Gippsland, than for non-Indigenous people. https://www.gphn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Aboriginal_TorresStraitIslanders_Priority_Issues_Paper_2020_FA.pdf

Gippsland PHN commissions a range of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the Integrated Team Care program to help manage chronic disease and the Indigenous Dual Diagnosis Program to help manage mental health and alcohol and other drug issues.

 

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