Experience Cultural Immersions
What you will learn and experience
Experience a unique and heartfelt learning immersion into the world’s oldest continuing culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and learn how you can create improved holistic healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
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Over three days, Friday to Sunday, in stunning culturally significant country, this comprehensive program is designed to introduce registrars to the beauty and complex reality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and provide invaluable Indigenous health perspectives and insights that can be taken back into practice.
Dr Danielle Arabena, Indigenous Elders and cultural health experts will guide you to a rewarding and deeper holistic understanding of Indigenous emotional, mental, physical and social wellbeing.
- Journey with Elders into their spiritual Creation Dreaming Stories, wisdom, knowledge, cultural lore, kinship and values
- Engage in cultural ceremonies, traditional dancing and Aboriginal artwork
- Understand Connection to Country and Caring for Country
- Learn about traditional healing, bush medicines and bush food
- Reflect upon the impacts of colonial history and intergenerational trauma
- Dive into Indigenous health sessions, available health checks and services and chronic disease care management
- Hear about innovative cultural health and wellbeing programs offered by Aboriginal Medical Services
- Create an Indigenous friendly and positive culturally inclusive practice
- Receive 11 GPTQ education points at the completion of the program
In 2021, Cultural Immersion programs will be offered at North Stradbroke Island, Bunya Mountains and Spicers Hidden Vale.
2021 Cultural Immersions
“The Bunyas is an incredible meeting place of culture and the weekend itself was a fantastic way to connect and build a sense of community. I felt a connection with the Elders, Indigenous health workers, fellow registrars and staff in listening and learning together about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge. You walk away changed, and thinking more about those who became before you and what you are doing to improve healthcare for Indigenous individuals and communities.”
– Dr John Buckley
“I was amazed to see and experience a GPTQ training event acknowledge and integrate respect for traditional healing methods and spirit in health and to make space for this into the future. It was a fantastic experience to be a part of. The bush walk with the Murri rangers in the Bunya national park was excellent. The experience at the ration shed clearly exposed participants to elements of Australian history they were not familiar with. I would like to thank all of the organisers, but especially Dr Arabena and Dr Buckley for their contributions and development of such a wonderful core program.”
“I got so much more out of the weekend then I ever imagined I would. I found the personal stories shared so moving and they gave me a much deeper understanding of Indigenous culture.”
“I do feel that I got so much incredible information over the weekend, it is all still soaking in. Such a rich time. I’m still reflecting and will be for some time.”
“Thanks again for an amazing weekend in the Bunya Mountains and Cherbourg. I have really learnt a lot from it and I feel like it has really helped me grow as a person and a GP registrar.”
– Registrar feedback