From gumnuts to buttons: applying immersive and interactive educational tools to illuminate the Aboriginal historical perspective and develop understanding of cultural safety
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Despite gaining momentum in New Zealand, Australian health care professionals largely misunderstand the concept of cultural safety and its relevance in daily practice (Johnstone and Kanitsaki, 2007). To enable student understanding of cultural safety, the Gumnuts to Buttons workshop is incorporated into the UOW Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma Recovery program. Through access to imagination, role-play, artefacts and narration, the Aboriginal perspective on history and its impact on current health and wellbeing are explored.
Facilitators and participants work together to enable a collaborative and transformative learning experience. This highly interactive and immersive process assists participants to gain insight and empathy for Aboriginal peoples' experiences following colonisation (Hocking, 2012). Through, group interaction and engagement with learning objects, participants are empowered to critically reflect on their assumptions and consider social justice (Freire, 2000) in order to gain a new understanding of how unresolved individual, family and community trauma impacts on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians today.