Our free online learning site for Bridging the Cultural Gap is currently under construction and soon to be released.
Below is a sample of what you can expect:
Table of contents
Lesson 1 – Aboriginal Nations and Language
Lesson 2 – What Cultural Safety Means to Aboriginal People Living in Victoria
Lesson 3 – Aboriginal Flags and Their Meaning
Lesson 4 – Terminology and Definitions
Lesson 5 – Cultural Respect
Lesson 6 – Cultural Competency Theory
Lesson 7 – Barriers and Solutions to Culturally Competent Practice
Lesson 8 – Look and Feel of Health Services
Lesson 9 – Keys Dates and Policies – Invasion
Lesson 10 – The Stolen Generation
Lesson 11 – Native Title
Lesson 12 – The Impact of Colonisation on Social Emotional Health & Well-Being
Lesson 13 – The Long and Ongoing Journey Toward Reconciliation
Lesson 14 – The Apology
Lesson 15 – Closing the Gap
Lesson 16 – Kanyini Teachings – Uncle Bob Randall
Lesson 17 – Health Literacy
Lesson 18 – Quality Improvement
Lesson 19 – Kinship – University of Sydney Learning Module
Lesson 20 – End of Life – Palliative Care & Mourning
Lesson 21 – Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
Lesson 22 – Medicare Incentives to Improve Aboriginal Health
Bridging the Cultural Gap (previously known as Cultural Considerations) has been funded by The Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH). GGT UDRH was established in 2001 and restructured into Deakin Rural Health (DRH) in May 2016. Cultural Considerations in Health has been developed as an online learning program with many links back to stories, interviews, songs and information.
All personnel involved in DRH wish to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Nation peoples of Australia. We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, people and the traditional custodians of the land and water of their country.
There are 5 Traditional Owner Groups across SW Western Victoria and the SE of South Australia:
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
Eastern Marr Aboriginal Corporation (and part of Gunditj Mirring)
Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
Bunganditj/Boandik First Nations People
Martang Pty Ltd
We acknowledge and thank the following communities for reviewing the material and their continued support:
Budja Budja is the Traditional Aboriginal name for Halls Gap. The Clinic is located in the heart of the Gariwerd/Grampians National Park, in Country shared by Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali Traditional Owner Groups.
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative is a Community Controlled Aboriginal Organisation delivering Health and Community Services to the Local Koori Community in the Wimmera and Western Grampians Regions of Victoria. The organisation was incorporated in 1982, and has continued to grow and adapt to meet the needs of the Local Koori Community.
Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation provides services to the local Aboriginal communities in and around the far south west Victorian towns of Heywood, Hamilton and Portland. Winda-Mara through their team of 72% Aboriginal staff provide a broad range of services in many fields.
The Kirrae Health Service exists in order to service the physical, mental and emotional health needs of the Framlingham Aboriginal Community and surrounds in a manner that is effective, culturally sensitive and acceptable to the community. Kirrae Health Services is built on the Framlingham Aboriginal community which is situated on Gunditjmara country on the western plains of Victoria.
DWECH was established in the early 90s. The Elders of Gunditjmara Portland decided it was time that they had a culturally appropriate Health Service and Aged Care facility in Portland. Starting off as a small health service DWECH has grown and now offers a wide range of health services especially tailored to their Elders and community.
Gunditjmara is a non-profit organisation set up in 1982 by the local Indigenous community to serve the needs of its members and the Indigenous community in Warrnambool and across the Western District of Victoria. The agency‘s Mission is to provide a culturally sensitive health service to the local community through education, promotion and support for families and individuals, and to promote and provide cross-cultural information to mainstream and community health providers.
Pangula Mannamurna is an Aboriginal community-controlled health service committed to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the lower South East region of South Australia. The name ‘Pangula Mannamurna’ reflects the native Buandik language of the region. Pangula means ‘Medicine Man’ and Mannamurna means ‘Joining in Hands’.
Burrandies has been serving the Aboriginal Community of the South East of South Australia since 1999 and is represented by Bunganditj/Boandik first nations people. Burrandies provides a cultural connection for Aboriginal people to improve knowledge and cultural identity and promotes the continuing connection to country by SE first nations people through its caring for country programs and projects. Burrandies operates within the Lartara-wirkeri Cultural Governance framework which ensures cultural protocols are carried out according to SE First Nations law and culture.
BGLC represents Traditional Owners from the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk family groups, who were recognised in the 2005 Native Title Consent Determination, the first in south-eastern Australia. BGLC are the Prescribed Body Corporate for the Wotjobaluk claim area, giving them legal authority and obligation to work on behalf of Traditional Owners.
Gunditj Mirring promotes the continuing connection to country by Gunditjmara people through its caring for country programs and projects. Through Gunditj Mirring, Gunditjmara people ensure that the responsibilities and duties which arise under Gunditjmara law, custom and beliefs are carried out in relation to caring for country and the protection and continuation of Gunditjmara law and culture.
These lessons have been developed and reviewed. They are based on consultation and best evidence at the time of writing. It is not the responsibility of, nor does it necessarily reﬂect the views of these organisations to which individual team members may be afﬁliated or that of DRH. The information in these lessons is for educational use only and is provided in good faith without any express or implied warranty. All practitioners need to use sound clinical judgement in individual situations. Any links offered to websites or other information resources are provided for interest and are viewed at the users own risk. Provision of these links does not constitute endorsement or support for the information, products, services, or persons associated with the related sites. Some lessons may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples now deceased and may contain links to sites that may use images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.
We also wish to thank and acknowledge Judy Nichols (email@example.com) for compiling the drafts of the training materials with the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. Judy has brought to this project clinical and health executive experience and many years working with Aboriginal health services. She has advocated for better access and cultural awareness in health and education across many projects. Judy lives in south west Victoria, she understands the tyranny of distance to access jobs and training. Her online business and enterprise training supports pathways to self-employment and education for all people disadvantaged by culture, distance and discrimination.