National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Sophie Diamandi
School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of South Australia

Cultural Competencies in Human Services

A new initiative has been developed between the University of South Australia (School of Social Work and Social Policy) and the Department of Human Services to ensure staff across many disciplines are trained in cultural competencies during the initial three year period.

With the implementation of the Charter for Public Service in a Culturally Diverse Society, and the heavy emphasis on promoting access and equity issues, the training agenda in this area can be further progressed through this partnership.

A project officer will be employed to assist in developing curriculum material at an undergraduate and postgraduate level in the area of being more responsive and skilled when dealing with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. A staff member within the School who has expertise in this area will also work on this project managing the development of these courses ­ undergraduate subjects across disciplines, short continuing professional development courses and a post graduate certificate/diploma in cultural diversity.

A project reference group with key stakeholders is being established to ensure that the project continues to meet its objectives across disciplines and agencies.

This exciting initiative can be used as a model for future partnerships between human service organisations and the university sector to promote collaboration on specialised areas, which will benefit the workforce and the community.

Presentation Type
30 minute paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

Papers & Workshops