Working with People with Disabilities
Centre for Remote Health

Working with People With Disabilities in Remote and Indigenous CommuntiesThis two-day workshop will give you the skills you need to provide quality care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability, their families and their community.

Who should attend
The course is designed for allied health professionals, nurses, disability workers, primary health care and related workers who work in remote and Indigenous communities.

About the short course
Indigenous Australians are twice as likely as people in the non-Indigenous community to have a disability. This has resulted in an increased demand for services. This short course/topic will help you further develop your skills and knowledge for working with people with disabilities in this challenging cross cultural context.

The International Classiļ¬cation of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), culturally responsive care and disability rights are presented as frameworks. These will help you to enable Indigenous people with a disability and their families to participate as fully as possible within their community. You will learn how to use the ICF to assist in assessment and care planning as well as ways to prevent disability, using common examples.  The course will also discuss the changing service context of disability provision in Australia.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this short course you will be able to

  1. Describe particular issues facing people with disabilities in remote and Indigenous communities
  2. Describe different cultural understandings of disability and outline ways to accommodate these  issues in service provision
  3. Apply the principles of cultural safety, disability rights and the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) when working with people with disabilities
  4. Devise strategies so that your service meets the needs of Indigenous participants in an appropriate way
  5. Support communities in preventing and reducing disability 
  6. Describe the implications of government policies, particularly Disability Care Australia for your service


"Everything was very relevant"
"Great facilitators"
"Better understanding and awareness of historical issues impacting
on Indigenous culture"

Heather Jensen
Annie Farthing

Course Dates
Wednesday 1 - Thursday 2 August 2018
Further dates and locations may be added


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