Fostering cultural competency
The University of Newcastle has a nationally recognised history of achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and actively pursues a "whole-of university" commitment to Indigenous collaboration.
As part of this commitment, we have established targets for staff and students to complete the Indigenous Cultural Competency: Our Way program.
The use of Our Way reflects the University of Newcastle's tradition of innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and is used as a philosophy for the activities in The Wollotuka Institute. It also attests to the importance of local priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
Cultivating Indigenous knowledge and understanding
Following a successful pilot, The Wollotuka Institute now delivers Cultural Competency Workshops that aim to improve understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by cultivating knowledge of traditional and contemporary Indigenous practices and perspectives.
Workshop participants are required to articulate the information provided in the sessions into a practical action plan linked to their relevant work area.
Building a cultural network at work
To create a cultural network for Indigenous staff, The Wollotuka Institute implemented an Identitea Café, modelled on the World Café method of idea-sharing workshops. This network provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to meet and share experiences, knowledge and ideas.