Snapshot of the Modules


Module 1

Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health designed to help health professionals understand the historical and cultural context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.

Module 2

Better Consultations designed to help health
professionals improve their communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the context of the consultation, including activities around Identification methods.

Module 3

Prevention and Health Checks designed to focus on prevention, Medicare items for preventative health checks and addressing the challenge of the burden of chronic disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Module 4

Linking with other Service Providers designed to help health professionals adopt a comprehensive primary health care approach to the care of Aboriginal people.

Module 5

Leadership in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health designed to help health professionals gain the skills and motivation to get involved in partnerships for better primary health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Module 6

Working with Aboriginal clients to discuss mental health, alcohol and other drugs Helping health professionals adopt a comprehensive primary health care approach to the care of Aboriginal people who have mental health or are misusing Alcohol and/or Other drugs.

About CST

Cultural safety training aims to improve the quality of service delivered by health care providers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the experience of service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ultimately cultural safety training should lead to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The material in these modules is designed as a support for immediate and future action.


What is Cultural Safety?

There are a wide variety of terms and definitions used in the cultural training arena. We have chosen to predominantly use the term cultural safety. We use Williams’ definition of cultural safety as “an environment that is safe for people: where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience, of learning, living and working together with dignity and truly listening”.
In practice we emphasise that the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with the ability to control or influence the processes operating in health services, is one of the major ways to create a safe environment.

head → heart → hands

CST adopts a head → heart → hands → approach to Cultural Safety, reflecting the need to elicit thoughts, feelings and promote positive action in people.

CST participants are given information to process and intellectualise throughout the training and the opportunity to engage personally with Aboriginal people during the storytelling session and training. We believe interaction gives a human context to the statistics and facts they hear and see about Aboriginal people and encourages positive engagement with Aboriginal people in a culturally safe way.

Working better in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) is currently approved as an Active Learning Module (ALM) in the RACGP QI & CDP 2014-16 program after completing Modules 1 and 2 of the Cultural Safety Traing. This is approved for 40 Category 1 points - Activity #2673.

This program will be re-assessed in December 2019.

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All health professionals are eligible for Cultural Safety Training. Potential participants should contact the CST Project Officer for further information about Workshop availability.

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