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2013 Training Workshop – Griffith

In order to prepare student volunteers for participation in the Healthy Start sessions we developed a 3-hour training workshop. The night included a number of guest speakers from medical and social work backgrounds as well as a practical component for the students to get a feel for what the real session would be like.

Nikki educating potential Healthy Start Volunteers on refugee visas

Nikki educating potential Healthy Start Volunteers on refugee visas

The Student Training Workshop aims firstly to ensure students are aware of the goals, structure and background of the Healthy Start program and why it was developed. We felt it was important for students to have a basic understanding of the gravity of health issues specific to refugee populations, and how exactly Healthy Start was hoping to address these. Also the workshop had a focus on the facts of the refugee situation in Australia with experts in settlement discussing the realities and common misconceptions.

The 2nd half of the training workshop was practical advice from experts on how to best approach interactions with different cultures and issues of cultural sensitivity. It also included a hands on components where students could practice the actual HS content and get tips on its delivery.

When dealing with such a vulnerable population it is vital to ensure that the student volunteers are properly prepared and informed. Therefore it is a prerequisite that students attend a training workshop before they attend an actual HS session with refugees.

Students split into breakout sessions to practice Healthy Start Modules

Students split into breakout sessions to practice Healthy Start Modules

The training workshops are run periodically by Griffith, BOND and UQ. Watch this space to find out when you can next attend!




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