Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Lidia Horvat
Training Consultant/Aged Care Team Leader, Migrant Resource Centre North-East, Melbourne
Mohammad Dahdoule
Settlement Support Worker/Immigartion Advisor

Practical Application of Cultural Competence - Working with Islamic Communities

The workshop introduces the conceptual framework of cultural competence. It identifies the theory, knowledge, and skills required for culturally competent practice in working with newly emerging Islamic communities.

There is an unmet need for developing knowledge and skills in working with new immigrant and refugee communities from the Middle East. The workshop will:

- Define the concept of 'cultural competence' and look at its practical application in mainstream service delivery.
- Specify the knowledge and skills, including communication techniques, required for effective interaction and work with newly emerging Islamic communities.
- Develop knowledge of Islamic communities to ensure that they benefit from strategies and services responsive to their needs.
- Examine practical strategies relevant to integrating cultural competence into the core activities of agencies, including local government.

The Migrant Resource Centre North East (MRCNE) has been involved in promoting culturally competent practice with a broad range of mainstream organisations, including local government, health and aged care service providers, Victoria Police, schools, and business communities.

Lidia Horvat:
Extensive experience in cultural diversity issues, community development and participation,education, training and staff development in community services and education sectors. Principal author of 'Achieving Cultural Competence':a Training Program for the Migrant Resource Centre North-East (MRCNE).

Mohammad Dahdoule:
Currently empolyed as a Settlement Support Worker and Immigration Advisor at the MRCNE working specifically with recent arrivals, refugees, TPV holders,and the Islamic community. Extensive knowledge and experience in community development and consultation with Islamic communities.

Presentation Type
60min. Workshop

Equipment Requirements:
Data Projector


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001