There are significant numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in rural and regional communities across Victoria. At RWAV, we want to ensure that health services accessed by these clients are culturally safe and sensitive to their needs.
RWAV has collaborated with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) to facilitate Cultural Safety Workshops for primary healthcare providers and support staff in rural Victoria. These sessions are funded by the government, for healthcare workers providing primary healthcare, and healthcare students, who meet the eligibility criteria set out below.
The Introduction to Aboriginal Cultural Safety workshops are conducted online via Zoom. All sessions are delivered by experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander facilitators, and are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Each workshop is run is in two separate parts of 2 hours each, one morning session and one afternoon session, within the same day. Both sessions must be completed in order for the attendee to receive a Certificate of Attendance. Certificates are emailed to eligible participants upon successful completion of the course.
For further details on the training sessions, please refer to the VACCHO website
- Health professionals in the fields listed below, who provide services full or part-time in the private or non-government primary health sector (e.g. general practice, private allied health practitioner or a non-government agency)
- Any health professional employed solely by the Victorian Government is not eligible to apply
- Health professionals must be working in Victoria
- Health professionals must work in an MMM3-7 location, or MMM1-7 if working in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) or Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisation (ACCHO). You can check the MMM status of your work location via the Health Workforce Locator
- Students are eligible, provided they are studying a health discipline in one of the fields below, at a Victorian University or Victorian Tertiary Education Provider and must provide a valid student ID card that indicates Victorian University or Victorian Tertiary Education Provider
- Staff in non-clinical roles may be eligible on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of RWAV.
Eligible health professionals and students must be employed/studying in one of the below categories:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner
- Aboriginal Health Worker
- Allied Health Assistant
- Chinese Medicine Practitioner
- Dental Assistant
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Practitioner
- Dental Prosthetist
- Exercise Physiologist
- General Medical Practitioner
- Medical Radiation Practitioner
- Nurse Practitioner
- Occupational Therapist
- Oral Health Practitioner
- Orthotist & Prosthetist
- Social Worker
- Speech Pathologist
Applications can be made online by selecting one of the available dates shown below.
Application does not guarantee acceptance into the workshop.
All applications will be reviewed by RWAV and you may be requested to provide additional information to determine your eligibility.
Announcing new dates for Cultural Safety Training
The new dates for the government-funded Cultural Safety Training workshops in the coming months have been announced.
The workshops will take place online and will be facilitated by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.