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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework: Enhancing the cultural capabilities of Australia’s health workforce

Event number: 17498
1.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Mr Dale P Rowland

This presentation will provide attendees with a brief update on some of the work happening within the APS, followed by content for use in clinical practice. Attendees can expect:

  •  An overview of the Australian Psychological Society’s commitment to Australia’s First Peoples with reference to the Apology delivered at the 2016 APS Congress
  • Background of the Australian Indigenous Psychology Association (AIPA), Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group (IPAG), and the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP)
  •  An introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework (the Framework). Griffith University is the first tertiary education institution to implement and evaluate this framework, as seen in 3121MED First Peoples Health and Practice. Research findings on students’ cultural capability will be briefly presented using the Cultural Capability Measurement Tool (CCMT).
  • A brief overview of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services such as KALWUN, and information about cultural awareness training providers such as the BlackCard will be provided.
  •  A free copy of the Working Together textbook


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Recognise initiatives, projects and committees within the APS that is relevant to First Peoples.
  • Identify the importance of embedding First Peoples curriculum into tertiary courses
  • Identify relevant organisations for use in clinical practice and professional development such as referrals, consultancy and training. 



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About the presenter(s)

Dale is a proud Aboriginal man from the Kamilaroi and Wiradjuri language groups of Western NSW. He has completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education at Griffith University. He is currently juggling part-time study in an honours program at Griffith with his new role as an Associate Lecturer for the First Peoples Health Unit. Dale has 5 years of experience working within the tertiary education sector, having previously worked as a student mentor, career leader, international student ambassador, tutor, in addition to working as a Learning Assistance Officer supporting Griffith’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In addition sitting on the APS Gold Coast branch, Dale is also a student representative on the Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group for the APS. He holds memberships with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Indigenous Research Network and Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

Online registration


Red Cross Rooms
38 Ferry Street
Nerang, QLD 4211
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 20/4/2017
End date: 20/4/2017
Time: 6:00pm - 7.30pm


APS member: $15
APS student member: $10
Non APS member: $20


APS - Gold Coast Branch
Contact Jessica Paynter
07 5678 7058