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First Nation Ways of Being: Respect, Understanding and Safety in Aged Care


March 24, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
March 31, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
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Session 1: 24 March 2022
         3.00pm – 4.30pm  (NSW, ACT, TAS, VIC)
         2.30pm – 4.00pm (SA)
         2.00pm – 3.30pm  (QLD)
         1.30pm – 3.00pm (NT)
         12.00pm – 1.30pm (WA)

Session 2: 31 March 2022
         3.00pm – 4.30pm  (NSW, ACT, TAS, VIC)
         2.30pm – 4.00pm (SA)
         2.00pm – 3.30pm  (QLD)
         1.30pm – 3.00pm (NT)
         12.00pm – 1.30pm (WA)
$30.00 – $180.00
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Gai Marheine is a proud Mulgoa woman from Darug Nation. Gai comes from a nursing background, from paediatrics to aged care. Gai has an extensive history of working with both First Nations communities and non-First Nations communities in various capacity development roles. Gai has spent many years volunteering and advocating for First Nations older people, and people with disabilities.
Gai’s current role in Workforce and Industry Development – Aboriginal Sector Support, with ACSA, ensures the right services are available for First Nations consumers by sharing cultural understanding, safety, and knowledge to all community based aged care providers, and to better understand and support our First Nations workforce.

March 24, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - March 31, 2022 @ 4:30 pm

$30.00 – $180.00
Sessions Dates & Times: 24 & 31 March from 3.00pm-4.30pm AEDT


Rated an average of 4.5 stars by previous participants

“Excellent sharing of relevant knowledge – loved the ideas generated for welcoming space” – Alison Holt; Program Manager, BHFLHN

“The subject was of great interest to me and I did learn a lot about the ‘dos and don’ts’ of communicating with and doing business with First Nations peoples. We all need to understand and embrace those nuances to create better relationships going forward” – Pamela Collocott, Business Development Officer; Activus Transport 


First Nation Ways of Being series is designed to increase the capability of Aged Services providers, to create service environments that attract and welcome First Nation peoples, both as care recipients and as employees. The series explores the similarities and diversity of First Nation people ways of communicating and learning, how to apply policy frameworks in alignment with First Nations peoples’ approach to health and wellbeing to ensure health and well-being for the older person and the workforce.  


The series’ objective is to increase the application of the cultural nuances required to effectively:

  1. Create a service environment that attracts First Nation peoples (clients and staff)
  2. Respond to the care needs of older First Nation peoples
  3. Support First Nation staff to deliver services


At the end of Module 1 participants will:

  1. Understand First Nations ways of communicating and learning.
  2. Understand health and wellness in age-care through First Nation people’s way of being.
  3. Be able to identify the policy frameworks to support leading practice


At the end of Module 2 participants will:

  1. Understand the importance of cultural connection for First Nations people.
  2. Understand First Nations protocols around ‘business’.
  3. Be able to create an environment which promotes independence and wellbeing for First Nations people.


Target Audience: CHSP Providers, ACSA Members & Non Members    


The artwork “Tarraitpayinthi” reflects the connection and influence between Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), Government, service providers and community. This story represents the linking of several organisations to provide culturally safe and effective services to Aboriginal people living in urban, rural and remote communities through-out Australia. Artwork by Allan Sumner and Sarah Bates; Aboriginal Artists of South Australia    


Disclaimer: CHSP Ticket price subsided by SA and NSW Sector Support and Development (SSD) funded by the Australian Department of Health. Although funding for this session has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.


Online via Zoom
Tickets are 1 per person. A Reminder email will be sent to registered participants 1-2 days prior to the session including the zoom link and any handouts.
Please note that an essential requirement is that all participants gain access to a PC and/or iPad or mobile device, and use a headphone set, although they do not need to be in the same location. Training rooms without personal headphones can result in feedback which may impede training delivery and reduce participant enjoyment. Headphones do not need to be expensive units, and many people have their own personal headphones /mic that they use with their smart phones, which will be suitable plugged into the computer unit if this is your choice of set up,


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