School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of
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.
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