AIDA’s Cultural Safety Training

AIDA’s Cultural Safety Training, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Clinical Practice (ATSIHiCP)is clinically focussed and designed to assist medical practitioners integrate cultural safety into their practices to improve healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Launched in 2019, ATSIHiCP equips Registrars and Fellows in any specialty with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic health and cultural safety into everyday clinical practice. Developed and delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors, our program is enhanced by the unique insights of AIDA doctor members and a range of clinical case studies that have been experienced first-hand by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors.

Through developing a greater understanding of Indigenous health perspectives and by undertaking a process of investigating their own perceptions, participants commence the important steps of critical self-reflection. The program aims to inspire participants to change their own clinical practice and become an agent for change for others.

Structure and accreditation

The program is delivered over an 8-hour day, usually between 9am and 5pm. It includes interactive and experiential teaching, as well as preparatory and follow-up activities. Training sessions are designed for 10 to 25 participants.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Clinical Practice is accredited for continuing professional development, or equivalent, with a number of specialist medical colleges.

Learning outcomes

On completion of AIDA’s cultural safety training Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Clinical Practice participants will:

  • Demonstrate awareness of personal worldviews and how these relate to clinical practice settings.
  • Understand and apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worldviews and approaches to health and wellbeing in clinical practice. 
  • Understand racism and why it is a barrier to good health outcomes.
  • Recommend practical strategies to mitigate barriers and utilise enabling factors at systemic, organisational and practice levels.
  • Strengthen culturally safe practices to achieve better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Utilise techniques to improve rapport building, engagement and communication in clinical consultations.
  • Implement strategies to overcome access barriers at a practice and clinical level.
  • Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander holistic health and cultural safety into everyday clinical practice.
More information

Please contact the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association at culturalsafety@aida.org.au or 1800 190 498 for more information, pricing options and to register your interest.