Main Menu

Cultural awareness training

Cultural awareness training is available to assist mainstream primary health services to provide culturally sensitive care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Cultural awareness education is defined as ‘An understanding of how a person’s culture may inform their values, behaviours, beliefs and basic assumptions. It recognises that we are all shaped by our cultural background, which influences how we interpret the world around us, perceive ourselves and relate to other people’. Cultural awareness education is considered to be the first building block toward cultural safety.

Cultural awareness training is a RACGP category 1 activity that enables General Practitioners to receive 40 points towards their professional development.

Cultural awareness training requirements

To be eligible for the Indigenous Health Incentive Practice Incentive Payment (IHI PIP) a minimum of ONE General Practitioner and ONE practice staff has to complete accredited cultural awareness training.

Two options are available:

  1. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) online Indigenous health education activity ‘Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness in General Practices’ at
  2. The Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) provides face-to-face accredited cultural awareness training. To participate in cultural awareness training, or to learn more about the Practice Incentive Payment Indigenous Health Incentive, please contact the IUIH team on 07 3648 9500.


RACGP Cultural awareness education and cultural safety training booklet