Cultural protocol is respecting the customs of the people and communities you are working with. It is being aware that different communities have different protocols and communicating in a way that is relevant to Indigenous people. Therefore cultural training is an important component of the programs offered by the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health.
Cultural training workshops have been developed with community consultation and participation and are regularly adapted and revised. Ongoing evaluation ensures that the programs are relevant, up to date and constructive. The training aims to provide a basis for ongoing cultural learning along with the necessary skills to begin the process of working effectively with Aboriginal people and communities of this area. It is important to undertake cultural training in all areas that you may go. "One size does not fit all".
When it comes to cultural training, the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health offers a creative learning opportunity for Inter-professional education. The cultural Inter-professional learning workshops provide an opportunity for open discussion and interaction with students from other disciplines. Along with this, case studies are examined in conjunction with Aboriginal service providers. These workshops have proven to be highly successful and informative. The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health acknowledges that the participation by members of the Aboriginal community in these workshops is paramount to their success.
Students find cultural training to be a very positive and enlightening experience. What some of our students said after attending the workshops:
" ... it really made it clear that both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers are both equally important in dealing with Aboriginal health problems "
" ... It really went above & beyond. It made me realise how much I really didn't know and couldn't know without actually talking to Aboriginal people "