Cultural education

Awareness, competency and respect


Being culturally aware, competent and respectful is a priority at NTGPE. All GP registrars, GP supervisors and staff are given mandatory cultural education as part of their training with NTGPE.

This training comes in different forms, but all have the same aim of delivering high quality, relevant primary health care to all Territorians.

Cultural Orientation

GP registrar orientation into the NTGPE training program includes an introduction to Aboriginal culture in the NT. This one day orientation delivered by the cultural education team is a valuable starting point for you in your training journey.


All NTGPE workshops have a cultural education component. Each workshop is has a dedicated full day of cultural education training where participants add to the training they received in orientation and cultural teaching visits.

Cultural Immersion Camps

Cultural immersion camps are about immersing participants in Indigenous culture for four days. The camp is coordinated and run by NTGPE cultural educators who guide participants through the culture of the people and land where the camps are held through hunting and gathering, telling stories, dancing, wildlife spotting, eating bush tucker, and learning from the traditional owners.

This is a unique opportunity to learn culture in a relaxed, friendly and interesting way, and all GP registrars are encouraged to attend.

2017 Cultural Immersion Camp information

GP registrar on cultural immersion camp

Michael Watson

GPSN Medical Student

Richard and Liz, thank you again for your guidance and teaching during the cultural immersion trip last week. It was such an amazing experience and I feel privileged to have been selected. Please pass on my thanks to Mandy and her boys too.

Dr Emma Ellis

GP registrar

I cannot recommend this camp enough. It gave me a unique insight into modern & traditional Indigenous life and is invaluable for anyone planning to work in the NT.

Cultural Teaching Visit (CTV)

A CTV is an opportunity for a NTGPE cultural educator to observe a GP registrar during clinical consultation and provide feedback and guidance on their cross cultural communication skills and patient doctor relationship.

A cultural educator will sit in with the GP registrar for four to six consultations and provide immediate feedback on individual consultations. Within two weeks from the visit date the GP registrar will also receive an overall feedback report.

GP registrars need to complete one CTV during their training with NTGPE while they are placed at a training post with a high proportion of Indigenous patients (during an Indigenous health training term for example).

When you are required to have a CTV you will be notified by your GP registrar program manager.

Cultural Education Resources

Kinship system

The Indigenous kinship system is a national social structure of Indigenous people and gives each individual their identity and establishes their roles and responsibilities within their community.

It provides ownership and direction for clan members and forms the basis for all social interaction.



Appropriate clothing in Indigenous communities

In Indigenous communities it is highly recommend you wear modest clothing, which will cover thighs, tops of arms and midriff. It is important, as a guest on Indigenous land, to dress appropriately in a way that will not offend.

NTGPE has developed an appropriate clothing guide that outlines what is and is not recommended in Indigenous communities.

Appropriate Clothing in Indigenous Communities