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Cultural competence articles, book chapters and online tools

Tools and resources to support your institution and organisations journey through cultural competence.

Online teaching and learning tools

At the heart of this MOOC is the theme that Sydney always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. The MOOC will deepen your knowledge, experiences and understanding of Aboriginal Sydney and also develop cultural competence capabilities that will help you relate the key concepts to your own contexts.

The Kinship Module is an innovative, interactive learning tool that provides an engaging overview of traditional Aboriginal kinship structures. It can be used across all levels of teaching as well as by individuals in the initial stages of their cultural competence journey.

The module was developed in response to a need for teaching tools that assist in developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge and improving cultural competence. It is based on an interactive face-to-face presentation developed by Lynette Riley – a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman and Lecturer for the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work – to help people understand traditional kinship structures and the impact of the breakdown of these structures through colonisation practices. 

Additional resources

Identity and culture and how these mediate our understandings of the world are always under investigation. They inform the ongoing development of the cultural competence discourse. This curated group of articles will expand and contrast as we encounter new ideas and publications.

This is a selection of articles and book chapters that continue to inform and shape the discourse of cultural competence nationally and internationally.

This is a selection of frameworks which have been developed for incorporating cultural competence into higher education and health care.

This is a short list of resources by organisations and educators in the field.

Charles Sturt University

Universities Australia

The Universities Australia guiding principles underpin the ethos of the centre. The Indigenous Cultural Competence Frameworks were developed for incorporating cultural competence into higher education and healthcare.

Cultural Competence: Role of Leadership

Watch the video to see Professor Yolanda T. Moses, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence and Vice-Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of California, Riverside, as she discusses the importance of cultural competence and the University of Sydney's institutional commitment to advancing this agenda.