The Going Rural Health team provide Cultural Awareness workshops in Ballarat, Halls Gap, Shepparton and Wangaratta for staff and students to attend. These are free for students and incur a small fee for staff.
Some workshops are for students only.


Shepparton & Wangaratta: Workshops are for students ONLY. For upcoming sessions, view and book via the link HERE.

Ballarat: Workshops are for students AND staff. For upcoming sessions, view and book via the link HERE.

Halls Gap: Workshops are a full-day experience for students only. These are organised with a partner organisation, and cannot be booked. Students on placement in the region at the time of the workshops will be invited to attend.

               Shepparton & Wangaratta

The Shepparton & Wangaratta cultural training sessions are facilitated by Robynne Nelson, through her company Healing the Spirit. Robynne is a Yorta Yorta woman with a nursing background and significant experience and knowledge in the health, education and government  sectors. The training is accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners QI & CPD Program.

Topics covered will include:

  • ‘Cycle of Despair – Colonisation to today
  • What is Culture? Universal Principles’
  • Cultural Competence – What is it?
  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Protocols
  • Community Strengths,
  • Organisations and Services
  • How this relates to the work you do

If you would like to learn more about Robynne Nelson and her work you can visit her website:


The Ballarat session is facilitated by Bonnie Chew through her company Mirriyu Cultural Consulting. Bonnie is a proud Wadawurrung woman with extensive knowledge in Mental Health First Aid, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management, Reconciliation, Incarceration, Genealogy, Health and Education.

Bonnie’s session will give students and staff  an insight into the Aboriginal history in Australia and an opportunity to discuss meeting the health and well-being needs of today’s community in a meaningful and culturally appropriate manner.

If you would like to learn more about Bonnie and her work you can visit her website: or find her on Facebook



               Halls Gap

The Halls Gap training is provided in partnership with Budja Budja Aboriginal Co-operative, and runs only once or twice per year. 

The training – ‘Yanng Ngalung Maligundidj’ which means ‘Walk with the Wergaia People’ – is provided by Jo Harrison-Clarke, a Wotjobaluk traditional custodian from the Wimmera region, and Lissy Johns from Grampians Public Health Network (formerly Wimmera Primary Care Partnership).

Jo provides information about Aboriginal history and her own personal story, and how this history may impact working with community members in health.