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Aboriginal Health Training (June 2018)

By June 5, 2018June 7th, 2018No Comments

Metro Practice Manager’s Cultural Walk
On a beautiful Melbourne Autumn morning 11 Metro practice managers and a handful of staff learned about the early history of the “settlement” of Melbourne, ably led by our knowledgeable and entertaining guide Dean Stewart, Principal of Aboriginal Tours and Education Melbourne. This was followed by a lovely lunch at a restaurant on Southbank.

There was great feedback from PMs and staff alike.

I think l learned more yesterday on our short tour than l did at school in Australian History. I think that it was the combination of such a great guide and actually being on the spot where Dean spoke about events happening. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience what l learned and felt yesterday. I will remember yesterday always and will take what l learned and felt with me moving forward (Practice Manager 18 April 2018).

The Aboriginal Health Team is planning further “walks” later in the year for Practice Managers – rural and Metro – and also for Supervisors and MEs.

National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June
The theme for 2018 National Reconciliation Week is “don’t keep history a mystery”.  The dates that bookend this important event for all Australians are very significant.

27 May is the anniversary of the referendum where more than 90 per cent of Australian voters chose ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census.

03 June marks the High Court decision recognising the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of their land – known as the Mabo decision.

You can access some great information about NRW on the Reconciliation Australia Web site.

EV NRW celebration
To acknowledge and celebrate National Reconciliation Week, and as an initiative of our Reconciliation Action Plan, 18 staff participated in a guided tour of the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum on Tuesday 29 May. Staff found the tour very informative with many commenting they would return with family and friends to share their experience and explore the space further.

The Practice Manager Cultural Walk and the Bunjilaka Tour were financially supported through Aboriginal Health Training Strategic Plan funding.


Appointment of a Senior Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer
EV is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brian Stevens to this position.  This is an important role in assisting EV to link with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and communities in our training footprint.

Brian has a wealth of experience at a managerial and strategic level and is well known across Gippsland through his previous role as CEO of Djillay Ngalu, a consortium of four Aboriginal medical services in Gippsland.

Brian has commenced visiting and networking with the metro based ACCHS, the rural practices in his new role with EV, and the ACCHS peak body, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. Welcome Brian.