Come Walk With Us is an introductory three-hour cultural safety workshop run by the Aboriginal Higher Education Advisor. The workshop assumes participants have no prior knowledge about Tasmanian Aboriginal history, health status and culture and is suitable for students and staff of the University of Tasmania. It consists of three main sections, these are:
- Focuses on foundational information and health status
- Walks us through history and changing the landscape
- Discussion and reflection
The development of effective health care delivery to Australian Aborigines is currently one of the underpinning strategies to improve Aboriginal health outcomes. The need for health professionals to become better informed about Aboriginal issues has been recognised and acknowledged in key government reports. A well-trained health workforce will help to secure and sustain health improvements for Aboriginal communities.
It is acknowledged that practitioners working with Australian Aborigines need a diverse range of skills in the delivery of cross-cultural care and in the prevention of chronic illness. Such learning is likely to be more effective if it is integrated within the structure of existing curricula rather than provided as a learning add-on. This approach underpins this Aboriginal health curriculum project of which Come Walk With Us is a key strategy for the University of Tasmania.
Students from a variety of professions have undertaken Come Walk With Us previously, these include:
- Social Work
Feedback from staff
- The activity based approach is excellent – well done – such a wonderful experience.
- A great opportunity to gain some fundamental knowledge of Aboriginal history.
- This journey dispelled some untrue stories.
- I needed my ears and eyes opened.
- It was great to learn more about Aboriginal history in Tasmanian. Very good for increasing awareness and consideration for including Aboriginal history and knowledge in my teaching.
- Should be compulsory for every Tasmanian.
- Workshop was well presented and a great opportunity to gain some fundamental knowledge of Aboriginal history.
- Thanks for today’s session it was great value, a lot of the stuff I understood from my own work background which I tried to reflect in my feedback but I just wanted to add that it was a really good introduction for those that have not had much exposure to Aboriginal culture and particularly Tasmanian Aboriginal history.
- This session is invaluable to a personal and intellectual understanding of the impact of: the colonisation of Tasmania on the Aboriginal people of this island; understanding NI [non-Indigenous] culture; and understanding the fluidity of ethics. It is also important for a fuller understanding of the rationale for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership [AITSL] standards.
Feedback from students
- Thank you for demonstrating the intensity of this era in history.
- The map is powerful and thought provoking.
- The workshop has helped me to understand that I need to learn more.
- The history was related to real life stories/events – made it easier to understand. The activities made workshop interactive and interesting.
- Different types of interaction; group discussion, role play etc. makes the session lively.
- I liked the interactive ‘journey’ we were able to follow and be a part of, having us take a walk in their shoes.
- High levels of interaction, lots of questions asked which promoted active listening.
Cultural Awareness Training is accessible for University of Tasmania staff. We are pleased to offer a range of training options which are aimed at increasing your awareness of Australian Aboriginal Culture and creating a culturally safe and inclusive University environment.
For more information
For further information about Come Walk With Us please contact the Aboriginal Higher Education Advisor: