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
Due to the unfolding situation concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in line with Northern Territory Government’s restrictions on travelling to remote communities, NTGPE advises that we are postponing our Cultural Immersion Camps. As always, our key priority is the health of our workforce and Aboriginal communities. Our team of Cultural Educators will continue to provide our successful cultural education curriculum and NTGPE will keep you informed of the status of the camps. 

Each year the cultural educators at NTGPE host Cultural Immersion Camps designed to further Aboriginal cultural understanding through a four-day immersion camp. Participants are taught Aboriginal culture, values and relationships in a relaxed, open environment. Camps are led by the NTGPE’s cultural educators and traditional owners of the lands where the camps are held.

For more information contact 08 8946 7079.

Salary and travel support details for NTGPE GP registrars:

Cultural Immersion Camps are available to all GP registrars who have not attended the camp before. NTGPE views the learning opportunities on the camp to be valuable and will support in the following ways:

  • Reimburse your training post for your salary paid for your attendance at the Cultural Immersion Camp. This includes any additional time related to travel to and from the camp.
  • As salary is reimbursed to the training post it is considered that attendance at the Cultural Immersion Camp will not affect your annual leave entitlements – however this arrangement needs to be agreed to by the training post.
  • Arrange your travel to and from the Cultural Immersion Camp. NTGPE will co-ordinate accommodation either side of the camp if required due to travel availabilities.

GP registrars who want to attend a camp need to discuss attendance and related travel time with their training posts as soon as possible.


Dr Emma Ellis

Medical EducatorEmma Ellis

“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 cultural teaching visit 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