Clinical CAT:
Cultural Awareness Training

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Cultural Awareness Training for General Practice

Carbal’s Cultural Awareness Training (CAT) is an 8 hour online comprehensive course that provides health professionals within General Practice the practical tools to deliver culturally competent services.

This training is both ACCRM and RACGP accredited and
12 PDP / 40 CPD Points are awarded upon completion.

Course Overview

The importance of cultural awareness is growing with time.

Cultural awareness means understanding the dynamic values and beliefs of different cultures.

For better opportunities, understanding and respecting various cultures are necessary. By doing so, people from different backgrounds can work together quickly. Lack of cultural awareness may mislead crucial decisions and impact health outcomes.

Most often Cultural Awareness Training is delivered face-to-face, however to broaden the scope of delivery and be accessible to you right now, in the right location, at the right time; this online dynamic education package has been developed.

Although it is a one-on-one experience, the course is interactive with quizzes, reflections and videos and has the added benefit of having the opportunity to work at your own pace.

Who Can Enrol?

Carbal Clinical CAT is specifically designed for those who work in General Practice.  The content is parallel to Carbal’s Competent CAT, however this course is accredited with both RACGP and ACRRM and applies directly to a General Practice setting. It includes content around the Medicare Benefit Schedule Item numbers, how to implement and includes activities around current patient demographics.

Course Duration

Carbal CAT is an 8 hour learning package. 

The entire course is required to be completed within 3 months of enrolling.

RACGP Accredited Activity 2020-2022 - 40 CPD Points | GPMHSC Accredited Activity 2020-2022 Triennium - FPS-ST | ACRRM PDP Accredited Activity

Course Topics

Course Subjects - History | Carbal CAT - Cultural Awareness Training


Course Subjects - Culture | Carbal CAT - Cultural Awareness Training


Course Subjects - Health Education | Carbal CAT - Cultural Awareness Training

Health Education

Course Subjects - Social & Emotional Wellbeing | Carbal CAT - Cultural Awareness Training

Social & Emotional Wellbeing

Course Subjects - Communication | Carbal CAT - Cultural Awareness Training


Course Fees

Online eLearning Course Delivery Fee

All Prices Listed Are Inclusive of GST

A tax invoice will be automatically generated
and sent to your email address immediately
upon receipt of payment.

Courses can be offset by the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) Indigenous Health Incentive (IHI).

The PIP IHI aims to support general practice to better manage chronic disease in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients. The PIP IHI gives accredited practices annual incentives when they register these patients who have a chronic disease.

This payment can be utilised to assist practices undertake specified activities that seek to improve the provision of care to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander patients.

One of the PIP IHI requirements states that at least 2 staff members undertake cultural awareness training one of whom must be a GP.


The PIP IHI has 3 Components:

  • $1000 sign on payment


  • $250 patient registration payment
    (per patient per year)


  • $250 Outcomes payment
    (up to $250 per patient per year)

Face-to-Face Courses:

At various times, Carbal can facilitate in-person, face-to-face course workshops within the Darling Downs region.

In partnership with organisations, these sessions are available with a minimum of 15 (maximum of 25) participants. 

Contact Carbal’s Education and Marketing Coordinator at to discuss availability.

Face-to-Face Workshops | Carbal Clinical CAT - Cultural Awareness Training for Clinical Professionals & General Practice

Course Presenters:

Carbal CAT is delivered by a team of community-based providers led by Kalkadoon and Nunukul man and internationally renowned artist and scholar in Aboriginal culture, art and history, Uncle Colin Jones.

Team members include Kamilaroi man and Community Outreach Manager, Charlie Rowe and Mandandanji woman and Clinic Manager, Tamika Campbell.

Uncle Colin Jones
Charlie Rowe
Tamika Campbell

Participant Testimonials

“Very informative and interactive training session. Very engaging and great learning experience. Guest speakers were amazing, such a moving day. I leave today with a far greater respect for the ATSI culture. Thanks for such an informative day!”

“I have benefited in the way of understanding a person’s connection to the land, how family system works, and because of this, I am able to implement more appropriate care to my patients.”

“This was one of the most fulfilling and educational sessions I have ever attended. I am inspired by the resilience of the Aboriginal people. Uncle Colin, you are amazing!”

“This has been a fascinating day, I could listen to all the speakers all day every day. They were so interesting, I loved hearing all their stories.”

“I would certainly recommend Carbal's cultural training course to all health workers!”

I have been in Australia for the past 12 years, I have been to many trainings; this training was the most valuable training I have attended. The training could have been longer, I could have sat here for days thank you so much. Ka mihi o te mea nui te kaupapa Tu meke Tino Pai

"Loved the training. Loved listening to Uncle Colin and Charlie Rowe. Powerpoints were spot on. Great content. Beautiful artwork, great atmosphere. Thanks for the lovely afternoon tea."

"The training was powerful, shifting understanding to further support First Nations. Australia has a black history, through understanding, connection, there is hope"

Enrol Now!

Sign up for the Carbal Clinical CAT Online eLearning Course and pay via our secure online payment gateway now:

Interested in Clinical CAT?

Are you interested in accessing Carbal’s Cultural Awareness Training? Our education team are always here to answer your questions.  

For all enquiries, please phone Carbal’s Education and Marketing Coordinator on 0476 863 318 during 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday to Friday or submit an online enquiry now.

Carbal CAT - Cultural Awareness Training