Cultural Responsiveness Mentoring Training

IAHA has developed a new training product, IAHA Cultural Responsiveness in Mentoring, which links the IAHA Cultural Responsiveness in Action Framework with the Mentoring Program. With skilled facilitators, Cultural Responsiveness in Mentoring workshops build on participants’ existing knowledge of formal and informal mentoring relationships and cultural responsiveness. This supports the development of the health and related workforces more broadly, to ensure that cultural safety and responsiveness is a priority and that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges are privileged, acknowledged and respected when undertaking a mentoring relationship.

Workshop participants further develop knowledge and skills in:

  • mentoring to support capabilities in cultural safety and responsiveness
  • effective practice in working with personal and communication styles
  • supporting proactivity and leadership in cultural safety and responsiveness
  • Understanding of self and the impact of ones behaviour on others

This program can be effective in supporting organisational change through championing cultural safety and responsiveness within the organisation with a sustainable approach. IAHA can also provide further advice and supports for workforce development to meet specific workplace or workforce needs.

For further information contact IAHA on ph: 02 6285 1010 or email:

“The mentoring program is an excellent idea!  It has provided a space to capacity build my knowledge and skills with cultural integrity.  The staff and mentors acknowledge the two-way learning process that naturally comes as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and shares this with our partnerships. Being a mentee creates a process of ‘student learning’ again but with the real-life responsibility towards improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. My exposure to influential people has increased my thirst for more knowledge and one day being a mentor for others.  IAHA is about culture, humility and strength-based approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, our families and our culture.”

IAHA Associate member, Madeleine Bower – Katherine, NT