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Introduction to providing Culturally Safe Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Learn about the skills required to recognise, engage, and apply best practice approaches to provide culturally safe care.

788 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Improve your cultural understanding to provide better care

A culturally capable health workforce is vital to ensure culturally safe services that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to improve their health outcomes.

This course is for healthcare practitioners of all kinds and will guide you through the cultural sensitivities, complexities, and requirements for providing excellent care to people of Indigenous Australian backgrounds.

Understand the importance of respect and communication

Using the right language is a simple yet vital part of good communication. On this course, you’ll develop your understanding of the correct terminology to use when referring to different groups of people.

You’ll also learn about the culture and practices common to different First Nations people, demonstrating a clear knowledge that’s key to showing respect.

Explore practical safety, quality, and advocacy in your care

Every patient is individual and will have different needs, but there are many best practice approaches that you can use to provide culturally safe care.

This course will guide you through how to apply effective strategies to care for vulnerable individuals. You’ll also learn to create a care plan based on these best practice approaches.

Reflect on cultural contexts

It’s important to understand and reflect on issues surrounding culture, especially how they relate to engaging with healthcare practitioners.

This course has been created in joint collaboration with Moondani Balluk, Victoria University’s Aboriginal information, services & support unit.

l Dr. Paola Balla’s Moondani Balluk design shows the embodying relationship between the University and Moondani Balluk and the meaning of ‘embracing people’.

What topics will you cover?

  • Cultural expertise versus cultural competence
  • Historical context
  • Cultural knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Humility and lifelong learning
  • Cultural safety and communication
  • Partnerships
  • Closing the Gap
  • Cultural self and healthcare
  • Racism and privilege
  • Equity and human rights
  • Leadership, advocacy and affecting change

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand and use the correct terminology when referring to different groups of people
  • Demonstrate a clear knowledge of the culture and practices common to different First Nations people
  • Apply effective strategies to care for vulnerable individuals
  • Reflect upon cultural contexts and backgrounds as they may relate to engaging with healthcare practitioners
  • Create a care plan based upon best practice approaches

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for anyone with an interest in promoting culturally safe communications.

It is especially aimed at healthcare professionals looking to meet the healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Who will you learn with?

I'm an RN & Mental Health Nurse of 20yrs. As an Aboriginal Academic with Moondani Balluk, teaching Aboriginal Health&Wellbeing, I look forward to guiding learners through this course.

I'm a Learning Designer (at VU Online) who helped co-developed this course. I have a background in healthcare (currently in my final year of my PhD (Med)). I look forward to learning with you all.

Who developed the course?

Victoria University

Victoria University (VU or Vic Uni) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. It is a dual-sector tertiary institution providing courses in both higher education and TAFE.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 360Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Moondani Balluk

Victoria University has a long, rich history of commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in education, research, knowledge exchange and employment.

The University’s Moondani Balluk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Unit is committed to pursuing political and social justice, equity, and access to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Established

  • Location

    Naarm (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia

What's included?

Victoria University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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