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Wednesday, September 19 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Personal and professional transformation through cultural safety training: Learnings and implications for evaluators from two decades of professional development

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Kathleen Stacey (beyond...(Kathleen Stacey & Associates)), Sharon Gollan (Sharon Gollan & Associates)

This presentation will: 1) provide an orientation to the focus of and our approach to cultural safety training, 2) share learnings from 15 years of evaluation feedback from workshop participants, and 3) propose how understanding cultural safety can assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs designed for, or inclusive of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.The concept of cultural safety has emerged in NZ and Australia over the past 20 years - it addresses how power operates and equity is/is not achieved based on cultural identity in the context of colonisation. In Australian training contexts, it shifts the focus from learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to non-Indigenous people learning about themselves, and exploring their relationship with racism, whiteness and the dominant culture. This can be confronting, but for many it results in personal and professional transformation, particularly if undertaken as part of an organisational cultural change process.

Qualitative evaluation data has been gathered since 2004 by an Aboriginal/ non-Aboriginal partnership that has facilitated over 400 interactive two-day workshops across all Australian states and territories, involving sectors such as: health, family and community support, child protection, education, law and justice, Aboriginal affairs, and planning and transport/infrastructure. The data demonstrates different ways in which many participants experience personal and professional transformation, including how they will apply this to their work contexts.

In our experience as evaluators, a clear understanding of and commitment to contribute to cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians can result in critical changes to how programs are developed and implemented, and whether meaningful outcomes are achieved. It is also a vital lens through which any evaluator should approach their role in evaluating programs designed for, or inclusive of, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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Lee-Anne Molony

Director, Clear Horizon
Principled-focused evaluation Evaluating place-based approachesOrg level evaluation frameworks

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Sharon Gollan

Sharon Gollan is a descendent of the Ngarrindjeri nation of South Australia, with family and cultural connections to many communities within and beyond South Australia. Sharon has worked professionally and academically in a range of human services fields in Australia. She has over... Read More →
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Kathleen Stacey

Managing Director, beyond... (Kathleen Stacey and Associates)
Kathleen Stacey is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant at beyond... She spent her formative working years within the public sector and academia, before establishing and expanding beyond... into its current form. The company conducts consultancy, evaluation, research and... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm AEST
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