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The ANMF has partnered with an Aboriginal-owned business to offer Cultural Awareness Training at a discounted rate for members.

Run by Walya Productions, a Darwin-based business that originated in Central Australia, the Introduction to Aboriginal Cultural and Community Awareness course is being offered to ANMF members at a discounted rate of $50, saving $60 from the usual rate of $110.

Endorsed by other health organisations such as the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Walya’s three hour course will help meet members’ CPD requirements, and the reminder to members comes during National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June.

The course does not attempt to untangle 50,000-plus years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, but offers an introduction “to the complexity, sophistication of our community structures, cultural protocols, belief systems and values.”

Mel Robinson, a registered nurse and Aboriginal Nurse Advisor to the ANMF’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee completed the course late in 2021 and recommends it to nurses and midwives.

“This is a part of a learning journey … of reconciliation and healing with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities of Australia,” Ms Robinson explained to the ANMJ.

“The Walya training… is useful to provide the participant an introduction to some cultural knowledge and history.”

More information on the course and how to enrol can be found at Walya’s website.