Culture Matters is an online course for health professionals designed to provide practical knowledge and skills in cultural awareness and competency.
The Culture Matters course is tailored to GPs and medical specialists, allied health professionals, researchers, educators, health executives and health service delivery personnel.
Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion for CPD purposes.
Read all about the course, the topics and presenters here.
Who is this course for?
- Medical and allied health practitioners interested in developing growth-promoting relationships with their patients.
- Health professionals enrolled in the ASLM Fellowship. This course will earn candidates 18 points towards the Fellowship.
How long will this course take
The course comprises around three lecture hours of practical CPD-style education.
In addition to the lecture hours, you will need to allow additional time for self-study including required and optional reading, participation and assessment tasks. We recommend that you allow 2 hours of self-study time for each 1 hour of lectures.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain how to incorporate cultural factors into the practice of healthcare.
- Describe how to use the principles of cultural identity to actualise Lifestyle Medicine approaches to health.
- Describe how cultural practices influence health interactions.
Culture and health
- Introduction and definitions
- Culture and health
- Race and racism
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
- Māori culture
Tales from the trenches
- Māori perspective
- 3 years access to the course
- Access to our Education Manager for course questions
- Around 3 hours of recorded lectures
- Required and recommended reading
- Participation and assessment tasks
- Comprehensive reference lists
- Course group for peer support and networking (coming soon)
- Certificate of completion for CPD purposes
For enquiries related to this or any other ASLM course, please contact ASLM’s Education Team at or call +61 3 7020 6996.
Other ASLM courses and workshops
ASLM hosts a variety of in-person and online courses and workshops across Australia and New Zealand throughout the year. Designed to increase participants’ understanding of the theory and application of Lifestyle Medicine, they can be undertaken as individual sessions to support professional development or to contribute towards Board Certification requirements or ASLM Fellowship points.
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