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Cultural Safety Training for Physiotherapists

Who needs to complete the Council’s online Cultural Safety Training?

Since 15 January 2020, all international physiotherapy candidates starting the Council’s Standard Assessment Pathway, the FLYR stream or Equivalence of Qualification Pathway, are required to complete the online Cultural Safety Training program.

Why do the Council’s international candidates need to complete Cultural Safety Training for Physiotherapists?

Within the Australian community, it is vital that all healthcare practitioners are able to practice in culturally safe ways, particularly when working with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) has specifically outlined that physiotherapists in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand must be able to work effectively with people whose cultural realities are different from their own.

When does the Cultural Safety Training need to be done?

This is the process for when Cultural Safety Training needs to be completed:

  1. Candidates apply and pay for your Eligibility Assessment and Cultural Safety Training at the same time. Equivalence of Qualification (Existing Program) candidates, will apply and pay for your assessment and Cultural Safety Training at the same time.
  2. The Council will process the Eligibility Assessment (estimated up to 2 weeks)
  3. The candidate will receive an email from Mobile Learning Unit at The University of Melbourne to access the online Cultural Safety Training modules
  4. Candidates need to complete and successfully pass the Cultural Safety Training exam (80% pass mark)
  5. Candidates will receive a Certificate of Completion for Cultural Safety Training for Physiotherapists
  6. For Standard Assessment (including FLYR stream candidates), after successful completion of Cultural Safety Training and Eligibility Assessment, candidates receive Interim Certificate (able to practice in Australia under supervision of fully registered practitioner) and are able to apply to take the Written Assessment stage
  7. For Equivalence of Qualification candidates, after successful completion of Cultural Safety Training and Equivalence of Qualification, candidates receive a Certificate of Substantial Equivalence of Qualification

What are the benefits and learning outcomes of completing the Council’s online Cultural Safety Training?

The Council’s online Cultural Safety Training has been developed in partnership with The University of Melbourne and aims to deliver a number of key benefits and learning outcomes to participants who complete the training.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and contemporary culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  2. Explain cultural safety and why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at high risk of feeling culturally unsafe during health care service delivery
  3. Recognise important facts that physiotherapists must know to provide culturally appropriate and safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  4. Identify errors behind common myths and stereotypes linked to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  5. Recognise racist behaviour and select appropriate strategies to avoid racist behaviour and its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  6. Apply the principles of culturally safe practice in a range of physiotherapy clinical practice settings

What is the Council’s online Cultural Safety Training?

The Cultural Safety Training is an online program that consists of 6 learning modules and will take approximately 5 hours to complete.

The content of the 6 modules has been mapped to the five key elements outlined in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Framework to ensure full and effective coverage of these elements.

What happens if a candidate doesn’t achieve 80% on the Cultural Safety Training exam?

Candidates must successfully complete the online Cultural Safety Training program and achieve 80% pass mark to progress on your assessment pathway.

Candidates are able to repeat the exam until they successfully complete it (no additional fee incurred).

How much does the Cultural Safety Training cost?

It costs $225.00 to undertake the Cultural Safety Training, which is charged when you submit your initial application for assessment.

See the Fees page for more details.

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