Cultural Awareness Online Education Program

All staff, supervisors, practice managers and registrars who have an EVe log-in have access to this module. The module was developed in house and in collaboration with other external Aboriginal educators and academics.  The module was launched mid-2021 and an updated version, based on participant feedback, launched February 2022.  

We would like to encourage staff, practice managers, supervisors, and registrars to complete the module if you haven’t already done so.  

It provides foundation level information regarding Aboriginal peoples, cultures and histories and provides a springboard in the second stage of cultural learning at EV – Cultural Safety. Two additional modules are under development this year. 

The Aboriginal Health team welcome your feedback about the Cultural Awareness module which you can provide via the evaluation tool built into the module.   

There are CPD points for those eligible and all participants are able to print a certificate upon completion. 

To access the module you need to log into EVe using your OKTA account then enrol yourself in the module. You may complete the module in stages as you can leave and re-enter the program multiple times. It takes about 90 minutes to complete. 

If you encounter issues logging in to EVe please contact with your login name. All other enquiries can be sent to or the Aboriginal Health Team. 

Cultural Safety Training for Supervisors Research Project

The Aboriginal Health Team continues to work on the delivery of the Cultural Safety for Supervisors Research Project funded by the Department of Health.

Our primary focus so far this year has been the development of the final two training modules to complete a set of four cultural safety modules. Module 3, Racism, privilege and unconscious bias, and Module 4, Trauma and trauma-informed care are currently being accredited for CPD points.

A focus of the remainder of the year will be testing the two new modules with users and analysing feedback.

A concurrent focus will be presenting the Cultural Safety project package to the colleges to encourage the continuation of the work in fostering a culturally safe GP workforce beyond the existence of EV.

We are grateful for all the support we have had from EV colleagues and our generous stakeholders with this work. The project has been a mighty team effort and we hope it will be a knowledge and learning legacy in the name of EV that benefits the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Cultural Protocols 

A reminder that EV has available a set of Cultural Protocols providing guidance about all things Aboriginal health at EV plus general information – from customs, lores, codes of behaviour, local language groups – and much much more.

Cultural Competence in Community Practice Workshop

Many of you will know Dr Hung The Nguyen, who is currently working as a GP and GP supervisor at Bunurong Health Services in Dandenong. 

Hung, in collaboration with Bunurong personnel, has developed a half day workshop – Cultural Competence in Community Practice – which is delivered to the registrars on placement at Bunurong but also open to others.  Hung describes the workshop as having a multicultural focus and suitable for anyone working in general practice.  

The next session will be run around August/September. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Hung directly –  or keep an eye on DDACL Facebook page for announcements. 

Best Practice in action at Bunurong Health Services

In 2021, EV supported an education initiative at Dandenong and District Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd (Bunurong Health Services) to incorporate the assessment tool, Parental Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) into clinical practice.  

The training is now delivered on site by Dr Hung The Nguyen and Nurse Tulip Ramirez every six months and EV registrars undertake the training within the first four weeks of their placement. Staff and local community health professionals are also invited to participate. 

DDACL believe that the PEDS is a vital part of detecting child development issues by working with parents in a culturally safe way which is inherent in the PEDS approach. 

Following is some feedback from EV registrars who have completed the PEDS education: 

“The course made me understand the importance of performing developmental screening regularly in order to better support children who need help. I learnt how to use the PEDS tool to screen for developmental issues and how to use this information to inform further steps”GP registrar, Feb 2021. 

“Very informative, a useful clinical tool for screening and triaging paediatric patients and cultivating rapport and collaborative engagement with children’s carers”. GP registrar, Aug 2021 

“Brilliant – exactly what I was hoping to gain out of the sessions. No nonsense, practical applicability, easy enough to implement and a large deficit of medical training covered”. GP registrar, Feb 2022. 

EV eNews June 2022 Reports