Meet our Cultural Mentors
Cultural Mentors support registrars by providing advice and a deeper understanding of cultural social wellbeing and perspectives during their training in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health post.
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Community Outreach Manager, Carbal Medical Services
Primary Cultural Mentor (Available for all GPTQ Registrars)
Charlie Rowe is a proud Aboriginal man from the Kamilaroi tribe of Northern NSW where his grandfather resided on the Toomelah Mission. Born and raised in Toowoomba, Charlie is highly respected by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is passionate about encouraging his regional community in working towards improving health outcomes for individuals and families.
A qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker, Charlie works in a senior management position as Community Outreach Manager for Carbal Medical Services. In 2013, he took on Carbal’s ‘Strong Fathers, Strong Families’ program to mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, grandfathers, uncles and carers to be positive role models for their children and community and provide a nurturing family environment.
Today, this highly successful program is a key referral pathway for the Murri Courts having had significant impact on keeping men out of jail, reducing their risk of re-offending and changing the behaviour of domestic violence perpetrators.
Charlie works in direct clinical engagement, provides community social and support services and manages an extensive suite of health programs. He loves his culture, his mob and as a Cultural Mentor welcomes the opportunity to work with registrars to make a difference and create better outcomes.
‘I love coming to work every day and making a difference. I feel privileged to be a Cultural Mentor for GPTQ, to be able to share our learnings with registrars and helping them to better understand the complex needs of our culture and the health journey of our mob to a better quality of life.”
HR Manager, Goondir Health Services
Cultural Mentor for GP Registrars at Goondir Health Services
Jodie Bond was born in Cherbourg. As a child, she grew up in a Torres Strait Islander community, Bamaga, and has been living in Dalby for the last 15 years. Jodie joined Goondir in 2008 as an Administration Support Officer and after completing several management courses, she was promoted to HR Manager. She was then asked by her CEO if she would also be interested being a Cultural Mentor for their GP registrars.
“My CEO told me a bit about what’s expected in the role of a Cultural Mentor and I liked the idea of working one-on-one with people. I decided to go for it. I love sitting down with our registrars and having a yarn with when it’s just the two of you – sharing my culture, our knowledge, our ways, what we do and how we do things.”
“I want to do what I can to help registrars break down any cultural barriers and have a trusting relationship with their clients. I see my Cultural Mentor role as an opportunity to share our knowledge and culture, and I hope registrars take it on and use it in practice.”
Chief Operations Officer, Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement
Cultural Mentor for GP Registrars at Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement
Trent is a proud Mardigan man from Southwest Queensland and now calls Toowoomba home. After completing a Practice Manager traineeship and a Cert IV Diploma in Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Trent now works as Chief Operations Officer for Goolburri.
Trent welcomes being a Cultural Mentor as it has given him the opportunity to share his cultural background and life experiences with GP registrars, and to also help registrars better understand cultural language and behaviour to create a safe space for their Indigenous clients and form deeper connections to better serve their health care needs.
“The best feeling for me was having a registrar finish his post at Goolburri and then move on to another Aboriginal Health Controlled Community organisation. What we want is to have registrars wanting to learn and understand Aboriginal history and our culture. Our culture will take in anybody.”
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Cultural education sessions
Cultural Mentors also work with Cultural Educators to deliver cultural awareness training. Throughout your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health post, you will have access to cultural education sessions to enhance your skillset in Indigenous healthcare, better understand the impacts of intergeneration trauma and provide holistic care in a culturally safe way.