New Cultural Awareness training program launches

Austin Health’s new Cultural Awareness training program is now live in ATLAS, alongside your other mandatory training packages under My Learning.

This program is highly engaging, with interactive features and animations by Trawlwoolway man Tony Thorne, who is director and designer of the children’s animated NITV show Little J and Big Cuz.

The new presentation aims to give you a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture, so that you feel confident to develop and maintain positive relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and staff.

“The first module covers the history to Aboriginal health today, and introduces the concepts of Closing the Gap and cultural awareness. The second and third provide practical strategies for improving Aboriginal patient experiences, and for enhancing cultural safety for employees,” says Director of Employee Relations and Diversity & Inclusion, Nicole Harvey.

It’s mandatory for all staff to complete the first three modules, and for managers to complete all four.

“We’re asking managers to complete the fourth module as well, as this provides some really important strategies and tips for recruiting Aboriginal people in a culturally safe way and ensuring that we support Aboriginal staff with career development opportunities,” Nicole says.

Each module takes around 10 minutes to complete, and staff are asked to complete the package by Friday 9 October.

Some of the content may be upsetting for some staff. If you are affected, please contact the EAP for counselling and support.

The EAP can be contacted on 1300 687 327 or via