Professional Development in CREST - Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Non-Award Professional Development
Course CREST - Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University
Background Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training (CREST) is a collaborative program between the University of Melbourne (UoM) and Victoria University (VU). It was funded over the last 4 years (2012-2015) by Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health and Human Services. UoM and VU now run it as a self-funded project.
Course Description CREST comprises five modules designed to deliver training relating to cultural sensitivity in communication to health professional practitioners and students using simulation pedagogy. The five modules are: 1. Introduction to cultural diversity
This module explores the interaction between culture and health, and the influence culture has on the identity and health beliefs of both patients and health care providers. 2. Negotiating between different health beliefs
This module explores how culture, religion and life experiences influence an individual's health belief system, understanding of health and disease causation, and health seeking behaviours. It also facilitates the development of effective and culturally sensitive communication and negotiation skills. 3. Effective communication when English proficiency is low
This module explains the principles of effective communication with linguistically diverse patients and identifies strategies for working effectively with an interpreter. Participants will practice communicating with clients with low English proficiency and working with an interpreter. 4. Communicating culturally sensitive issues
This module explores some of the culturally sensitive factors that may affect the identity and health of culturally diverse patients, including those that contribute to health inequalities. Participants will gain an understanding of how some cultural and religious beliefs strongly shape relationships and daily life practices, and potentially affect engagement with healthcare systems. 5. Communication and Indigenous healthcare
This module explores the diversity and uniqueness of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultures, and highlights the importance of demonstrating cultural respect in enhancing a patients desire and ability to seek health care. All modules are stand alone. Participants must complete Module 1 - Introduction to cultural diversity - before continuing with one or more of the remaining modules (i.e. Modules 2 - 5). Once Module 1 is completed, participants can continue their learning in any order.
Delivery Mode All five modules are currently delivered face-to-face in Melbourne and participants are given the opportunity to role play using a simulation patient to enhance their learning. Please note - arrangements can be made to deliver the program to groups outside Melbourne or to custom groups. The option of online learning is also availble. For further enquiries, please contact us using the details below.
Who Should Apply Initially designed for health professional practitioners and students interested in developing and improving their culturally sensitive communication and negotiation skills. However, these modules are suitable for anybody who engages with people from different cultural backgrounds, and is interested in improving their communication and engagement skills.
Entry Requirements Please note that participants must complete Module 1 before continuing on to other modules.
Academic and Teaching Team Dr. Phyllis Lau - Phyllis, the CREST project lead at The University of Melbourne, is a senior research fellow and the Deputy Lead of the Ageing, Chronic Disease and Equity Group at the Department of General Practice. She is also the Graduate Research Coordinator at the Department. Phyllis is an experienced researcher in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She is a committee member of the Victorian Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network (VicReN) and an executive member of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care. Karen Livesay - Karen, the CREST project lead at the Victoria University, is a lecturer in Nursing. Karen has specialised in learning through simulation for a number of years and has led and managed the integration ofmedium and high fidelity simulation into the Bachelor of Nursing as well asacross a range of health disciplines through the Interprofessional Education Program. She is a member of Simulation Austr alia, a board member of the Victorian Simulation Alliance, an advisory group member for the National Health Education and Training in Simulation program (NHET - Sim) and the Victorian Simulated Patient Network (VSPN).
Delivery Dates and TimesTBC
Delivery Venue University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus. Please refer to your booking details for information of where your module's session will be held.
Course Fees $270 + GST per module. Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Fee Inclusions The fee includes module delivery and notes.
Additional Information Modules have been recognised for CPD (Continual Professional Development) points as follows - RACGP - For face-to-face delivery: four Category 2 points awarded for each completed module. For online-delivery: ten Category 2 RACGP QI & CPD program points. APNA - For face-to-face delivery: upon successful completion, eligible participants may claim a total of up to 10 CPD hours or 2 hours per module.
For online-delivery: eligible participants may claim a total of 5 CPD hours.
Notes Please note that spaces are limited on all modules. Early registration is recommended.
Contact Us Program Coordinator - Justine Maguire-Scarvelli
Phone : +61 3 8344 6578
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