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WAALHIIBE Cultural Sensitivity Evening

By Tia Hall, final year Paramedical Science student

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On 1 May 2017 the WAALHIIBE Student Rural Health Club held their first Cultural Sensitivity Evening. The event aimed to educate members about working in Indigenous communities and how health professionals can provide culturally sensitive care.

The event was well attended by old and new members of WAALHIIBE. We were fortunate enough to have John Van Der Giezan from the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service to speak about his experience working with Indigenous people. He spoke about the importance of building relationships and yarning with patients. He shared personal experiences about families he had worked with through his career.

Students also heard from Coby, a fourth year medical imaging student. She shared her recent experience of completing a clinical placement in Broome. She was able to share the challenges she came across and how she was able to overcome them in her working environment. 

Helen Simmonds, Deputy Principal of Norseman District High School, joined the group via teleconference. She talked about working in the remote communities of Cosmo Newbery and Oombulgurri, and shared her experiences working with adolescent groups. 

Juli Coffin, University of Notre Dame Executive Director and Head of Campus Broome, also joined us via teleconference and provided great advice that will help build our communication and involvement with Aboriginal people and their communities. 

The event was an overall great success, and one that the WAALHIIBE Committee plan to make an annual event. 
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