Courses and programs

Aboriginal Culture: Respecting the Difference


An Aboriginal Cultural Training Framework for NSW Health

NSW Health is implementing Respecting the Difference - Aboriginal Cultural Training eLearning; a key strategy identified in the Good Health – Great Jobs: NSW Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2011 - 2015. The training for all NSW Health staff, addresses the need for organisations to provide more respectful, responsive and culturally safe services. It is designed to give staff the necessary knowledge and skills to interact positively with Aboriginal people and communities to improve healthcare.

It is recommended that you set aside approximately 2 hours to complete the eLearning program. You also have the option to complete the training in modules. Each module should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you need to leave the eLearning site, the last slide you looked at will be book marked.

A certificate is issued on completion.


The purpose of this training is to motivate staff to build positive and meaningful relationships with Aboriginal patients, clients, visitors and staff. The eLearning component supports staff by providing an insight into why many Aboriginal people do not comfortably engage with healthcare providers.

The following issues will be addressed in the eLearning component:

  • Aboriginal History and Culture
  • Aboriginal Identity
  • Aboriginal Health
  • Communication
  • Existing barriers for access to health services


This course is applicable for all NSW Health Staff and may qualify for up to 2.0 hrs of Continuous Professional Development