Community-led research programs on the physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are an important focus for The George Institute for Global Health.
The Institute works collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on innovative research programs aimed at addressing critical health priorities across a range of chronic disease areas, such as cardiovascular and kidney disease, as well as mental health and injury.
Cox Inall Ridgeway developed an Aboriginal Cultural Competency training package specifically tailored to the Institute’s work, designed to further strengthen and develop the Institute’s relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Using self-directed learning, the package ensures staff have an appropriate level of awareness of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people, and allows familiarity with cultural protocols of specific regions and communities.
The cultural competency training has allowed George Institute staff to feel more comfortable undertaking research and community engagement efforts with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, reducing communication barriers, and allowing for deeper levels of engagement essential in conducting effective research.