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Cultural awareness

The resources provided below are designed to develop further understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and how to deliver culturally appropriate healthcare.

Assisting healthcare professionals with delivering culturally appropriate care throughout Western Australia.

It is recommended that medical and health professionals undertake cultural awareness and safety training prior to commencing work in rural Western Australia.

Funding may be available for outreach providers who administer Rural Health West outreach programs to support the cost related to cultural training. Contact the Outreach team for further information.

Cultural Wealth Community Health

This publication, developed by Rural Health West, is an introduction to cultural awareness for health professionals working with and caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Western Australia. In the hope of achieving better health outcomes, the resource raises awareness about mutual respect and cultural understanding which underpins all aspects of the development of strong relationships with Indigenous patients and communities.

The resource is available online, or if you prefer a hard copy of the publication please contact Rural Health West or download an order form.

Online Cultural Awareness and Safety Training

Aboriginal Cultural Orientation Plan for Health Professionals

WA Country Health Service, Disability Services Commission and Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health

Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet


Indigenous Services Australia

08 9368 6857

Government of Western Australia Mental Health Commission

08 6553 0600

Cancer Council of Western Australia

Aboriginal Cultural Safety in Palliative Care
08 9382 9300

Western Desert Puntukurnuparna Aboriginal Corporation

08 9037 1100

Remote Area Health Corps

08 8942 1650

Other cultural resources

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


ABC Indigenous


SBS Television Series – First Australians