Why is Cultural Mentoring important to First Nation employment, retention and career progression?

First Nation employees working in mainstream agencies often feel burdened and experience challenges that impact on their cultural safety and wellbeing. The concept of ’working in two worlds’ might be new to many cross sector agencies but for First Nation employees this can be a barrier to career satisfaction and progression. First Nations people working in two worlds is a concept that is not acknowledged in their roles. They are employed to improve engagement and strengthen relationships between the agencies they work for and their community on one hand; and on the   other their navigating community expectations and cultural obligations.

This Training is designed to support mainstream organisations to better understand the concept of cultural mentoring from the First Nations ‘Two world’ perspective. And provide some workable tools to improve and challenge change in recruitment and retention practices in First Nation Employment.

This training will address:

  • First Nation Employment and Retention
  • Meeting your Organisations RAP Employment commitments
  • Cultural Mentoring
  • ‘Working in two worlds’ building cultural safety
  • Professional development and Career progression


Training facilitators:

Aunty Di Kerr OAM

Aunty Diane Kerr is a Snr Wurundjeri Elder, community leader and cultural mentor to many in both community and mainstream services. Aunty Di has a strong  history with cross sector  organisations in building cultural protocols of engagement and cultural mentoring; as well as holding positions of chair on various committees.  Aunty Di was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her services to community in 2018.

Terori Hareko-Avaivilla

Terori’s a First Nation cultural educator & the  director of Salt Studio Consultancy. Terori comes from a health back ground with many years of strategic and project planning and Implementation experience as well as having wide and various networks within her First Nation communities in Melbourne.  Terori was part of the initial ‘working in two worlds’ working group that lead to the ‘systems to  Symbols’ framework.  In 2015, Terori was recognised as an Emerging Leader for her  commitment to women’s health Education.

Limited seats, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact us:
0414 083 500

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