MEEA has established a strong working partnership with Haydyn Bromley and Bookabee and has appointed Bookabee as the deliverers of Cultural Awareness Training.
The programme can be organised as a one or two day programme either at your worksite or offsite or a three or four day on country cultural awareness training programme developed by MEEA and Bookabee is on offer.
The following is an extract of feedback we have received on the training being conducted:
Relevance of the Session?
1. Eye opening, was great to get understanding of the culture.
2. Background information on culture was enlightening. Raised awareness.
3. Provided good insight into culture & way of thinking & hardships faced through generations
4. Was to help me understand possible behaviours or hurdles that might arise with working with this program
5. Very relevant & educational. Presented in a practical manner
6. Learn and understand the background of Aboriginal Culture and needs with in the work place
7. Very Relevant
8. To understand level of communication with Employees
9. Got a great understanding of where the applicants have come from and what they have endured.
10. All information presented was relevant to obtaining an understanding of the cultural differences.
What worked well?
1. Length, DVD’s was informative
2. DVD’s- supported topics being discussed
3. Background of program, interacting with staff at lunch. Awareness of the culture & history.
4. The explanation of possible “baggage” that some Indigenous people may come cross. The understanding of cultures different to ours. The realisation of the extent of racism that is still around today.
5. Many aspects of Aboriginal culture being discussed. Advice offered to us to assist the work place candidates
6. Open and general discussion about the issues of employment and how we can help
7. Discussion-opened up different views & experiences
8. Overall good presentation
9. Really liked working through the applicable areas of culture, flags, identity & racism. The supporting DVD’s worked well and gave it more clarity.
10. Written references/books enabled the information given to be easily understood.
Key things you have taken away?
1. No different, Engage & treat as part of the team
2. Differences between our cultures & what they mean
3. Build rapport, gain trust, have an open mind
4. Treat the same as anyone else
5. Information about the Stolen Generation & it’s impact on Aboriginal people
6. Broader knowledge of the issues and some ways of better handling to get a successful outcome.
7. Made aware of cultural differences which could affect they way some problems are dealt with.
8. Communication level & understanding their Background.
9. To be aware of different cultures.
10. A new awareness of matters I had not been exposed to before
Bookings for Cultural Awareness Training can be made by contacting the MEEA office on (08) 8110 8200 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org