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Curtin University
Centre For Aboriginal Studies

Ways of Working Cultural Awareness Program

About the Ways of Working Cultural Awareness Program

The Ways of Working Cultural Awareness Program was developed to promote and create a better understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and improve working relationships with Aboriginal people through the Ways of Working.

Participants will be able to apply their learning to problems which have been present between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the past, and develop good working relationships in future.

The Program was developed by and is taught by Aboriginal people and provides structured learning activities for staff to increase their knowledge, understanding and awareness of Aboriginal history, cultural diversity and cultural issues, past and present, and how current social and political issues impact on the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Another significant aim of the program is to identify aspects of cross-cultural communication to enhance relationships with Indigenous Australians.

Participant Information

The program is taught in 3 stages:

Stage 1 – Introduction

  • Module 1) Self as Worker in the Workplace
  • Module 2) Past and Present
  • Module 3) Identity and everyday Ways of Life
  • Module 4) Communicating

Stage 2

  • Module 5) Relating
  • Module 6) Working in my Local Area
  • Module 7) Working Together – Planning

Stage 3

  • We look at the concept of the Courageous Conversation about Race: An Australian Perspective.
  • On Country Trip

Please note: It is a requirement of the University that there must be between 20 – 30 participants to commense the training progam.

Staff who have completed some training regarding WOW might be able to begin at Stage 2 if participant number allow.

If you would like to further information or would like to participate in the program please contact:

Donna Cuttabutt

Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth 6845

Ph: 9266 7091
Fax: 9266 2888

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