Cultural Awareness Training for Health Professionals

Designed and delivered by six local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) is currently running a series of cultural awareness training sessions for health care professionals that share what western Victorian First Nations communities want practitioners to know when it comes to their health care.  

It is more important than ever for First Nations people to receive culturally sensitive care.  

The sessions promote knowledge about the history and nature of local First Nation’s health and wellbeing challenges and will help health professionals to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to improve First Nations health and wellbeing outcomes in our region. 

"I was able to learn so much from the training and now feel more confident ensuring that I am practicing in a culturally sensitive way." Emma, Ballarat

What does the training involve? 

The training is delivered by one or more First Nations facilitators or presenters, who facilitate conversations in a safe space to promote better intercultural understanding.  

Topics of conversation include colonial history and its impact on First Nations people and culture, human rights, intergenerational trauma, culturally safe practices, health equity, cultural bias awareness, combatting racism, and intercultural skills and capabilities.  

The goal of the conversation is to create awareness and understanding of the challenges of First Nations people have in accessing quality health care and for practitioners to consider practical solutions to break down these barriers.  

Upcoming Training Sessions 

The following training session is now open for registration: 

  • WarrnamboolMonday 4 December – Cultural Awareness Training with Kirrae Health Service: A session for health professionals and other professionals working with First Nations people (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social workers, Music therapists, Art therapists, Mental health program staff, Alcohol and Other Drugs program staff, Suicide prevention and postvention staff, Children and family services staff, Maternal and child health nurses, Child protection professionals, Court staff, Correctional services staff, Case managers with First Nations clients, Specialists and Allied Health). Learn more and register here.

"I walked away with a better understanding of cultural influence and how to harness that to respect clients' needs and lead to better outcomes." David, BallaratCPD Hours 

RACGP has approved this activity to receive CPD Credits of 3 Hours Educational Activities + 3 Hours Performance and Review. 


$240 per person, no bookings in the last 7 days prior to the event (and no refunds during this period). Booking via Eventbrite. Payments by invoice (submit request via email) must be received 14 days prior to the event. 

A limited number of places is available with a minimum of eight participants required to run the event. 

If you have further question about the training, please email 

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