Event Information
Introduction To Cultural Awareness
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health (ATS)
Mental health (MH)
Apply a population health approach
Provide expert medical care in all rural contexts 
Work with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and other culturally diverse communities to improve health and wellbeing

Introduction To Cultural Awareness

This is an abridged version of ACRRM's Cultural Awareness course. The full version of this course is also available on ACRRM Online Learning. It was originally written by Dr Louis Peachey (Senior Medical Officer, Atherton Hospital) and Kristin McBain (Research Officer, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health.) It was updated by ACRRM in 2010 in consultation with them, and with Mary Martin from the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC). The abridged version was prepared by ACRRM staff in 2011.

The aim of the abridged course is to provide introductory knowledge and awareness of Australian Indigenous cultures in the context of health care. It is suitable for undergraduate medical students.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in participating in the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive then you need to complete our other cultural awareness course accredited for this program. Click here for more information.

This course is split into 3 parts as follows:

Part 1

Introduction: Why learn about culture in Australian health care?

Part 2

Health Status: Demographics, epidemiology and understanding illness from the patient’s point of view.

Part 2.1

Mental health, mental illness and conventional scales: are they cross-culturally sensitive?

Part 3

Clinical Encounter: But how? Practical ways to engage cross-culturally.


Provider Information
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
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QLD, 4000