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Cross Cultural Awareness Training: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

October 6, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Cross Cultural Awareness is the ability to look away from ourselves and have an awareness and understanding of the cultural values and customs of other cultures. What may be normal and acceptable to us, could be unusual to other cultures. An awareness and respect of the different value systems handed down in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, in relation to family, land, sea and heritage.

Cross Cultural Awareness is also about challenging people’s attitudes and mindsets of the way they think and do things in a Cross Cultural environment.

This training will provide you with the ability to communicate effectively and a knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait culture and society. This training will explain what ‘Aboriginal Cultural Protocols’ are.

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:
  • Have an understanding of what culture is
  • Provide a definition of Cross Cultural Awareness
  • Brief overview of the Aboriginal Kinship system – hand out provided
  • Know what are some significant Australian Historical Events
  • List some key historical events for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures
  • Explain at least two aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lifestyle that are unique to their society
  • Describe importance of Social Determinants and the impact on Aboriginal Health & Well Being
  • Have an understanding of NT Aboriginal Languages – hand out provided
  • Know what NT Aboriginal Protocols are – hand out provided
  • Have an overview of what Closing the Gap is
  • Know the history of NSW
  • Have an understanding of the languages groups in NSW
  • Identify a new or improved strategy to enhance communication, consultation and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Room 302, Lvl 3, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050

About the Facilitator

Dianne Borella was born and resides in Darwin on Larrakia country. She is an Aboriginal (Yawuru) & Torres Strait Islander woman with links to Broome and the Torres Straits. She has worked in the Australian Public Sector as an Aboriginal Education Officer, Aboriginal Field Officer, Program and Project Manager, Regional and District Manager, Health Solution Broker, Assistant Director and Senior Project Officer and then went on to study a Diploma in Arts of Social Science and Management and has attained a Master of Public Health.

Dianne has over 35 years’ experience in the workforce and has worked in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Thursday Island in roles with the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training, (aka Department of Education, Science and Training), Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and has worked in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Service and Indigenous Affairs.

More recently she worked with Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service, Menzies School of Health Research and the City of Darwin Local Government.


October 6, 2017
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Peta Hurst
02 9036 3600


Room 302
MFB, Lvl 3 , 92-94 Parramatta Road
Camperdown, NSW 2050 Australia
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