Cultural Orientation Plan for Health Professionals

Many health professionals have little or no knowledge of the post-colonial legacies and cultural values of Aboriginal people, yet the impact of poor understanding undermines respect and compounds communication barriers. In recognition of this and the importance of two-way communication in health care, a project sponsored by WA Country Health Service and Disability Serivces Commission, undertaken by the Combined University Center for Rural Health, has resulted in the development of an:

Aboriginal Cultural Orientation Program(link is external)

The package which includes information, videos, activities and links to further resources consists of five self directed learning modules:

  • Culture, self and diversity
  • Aboriginal history
  • Working with Aborginal people
  • Providing clinical services
  • Improving cultural security.

This does NOT replace local culture orientation and education programs.  Rather, it's a generic program providing a framework of information and associated links that can assist health professionals to develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal cultural values and practices and promote culturally secure practice.

You can access the Cultural Orientation Plan by clicking here(link is external).

And best of all, it's free!

This project was funded by the Disability Services Commission and WA Country Health Service and is undertaken by the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health.