The Universtiy of Melbourne and Victoria University have partnered to provide Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training, or CREST for short. If this interests you then HURRY — The next program starts NEXT week!!
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.
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 CREST 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.