Beyond Cultural Competency State-wide cross cultural workshop for AOD workers

Posted on: Friday, 20 January 2017

About this workshop

Turning Point in collaboration with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) are pleased to offer Beyond Cultural Competency, a free, two-day cross-cultural workshop for workers in the AOD sector. It is a challenging new course that has been specifically developed for AOD workers. The workshop explores linkages between individual and broader structural issues, between theory, policy and practice and the complexities that are embedded in every day work with immigrant and refugee communities who use alcohol and drugs.

Beyond Cultural Competency
asks participants to look both inwards and outwards and offers workers with the opportunity to reflect on their practice, and develop strategies to improve in their work with immigrant and refugee communities.

This training will:
  • identify why cultural ‘competency’ is not enough
  • increase understanding on issues of stigma and cultural expectations
  • increase communication skills and gendered cross-cultural sensitivity
  • increase understanding of culture in the context of gender
  • identify best practice principles including cultural and linguistic appropriateness, access, equity and collaboration

The course consists of three modules that will take place over 2 days


Dr Tracy Castelino, Consultant, Gender, Equality and Justice, ShantiWorks
Tracy has been working to challenge and eliminate injustice and inequality over 20 years. She has a passion for seeking respectful and innovative ways of working with individuals, organisations and communities to respond to the various issues that cause marginalisation and vulnerability. Tracy is interested in building connected and safe communities through education, training and grass roots work. Tracy engages in research, consultation, training and supervision on the following areas: violence against women, racism, trauma, and peaceworks.

Monique Hameed, Catching Up Project Officer, MCWH
Monique Hameed is the Catching Up Project Officer at the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, a national advocacy, research and health promotion agency, promoting the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women. In partnership with Turning Point, the Catching Up project focuses on supporting dual diagnosis responses in AOD and CALD sectors by increasing awareness in communities.

Expression of Interest

Registration process

This training is free to AOD workers in Victoria.

Training will commence at 9:30am and conclude at 4.00pm.  Your place in the training will be confirmed as soon as possible. To register please click on a session below and complete the online registration process as places are limited and will fill quickly.  

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Tues 7th  & Wed 8th  
March 2017

Turning Point Training Room 
142 Gertrude Street Fitzroy

Tues 18th  & Wed 19th  
April 2017

Quest Dandenong 
2-6 James Street Dandenong, 
VIC 3175

Tues 9th  & Wed 10th   
May 2017

Murray Primary Health Network Conference Room 3-5 
View Point Bendigo, VIC 3550

Tues 16th & Wed 17th
May 2017

Turning Point Training Room 142 Gertrude Street Fitzroy