News and Events

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2018

Thursday 9 August 2018

Today is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

According to the United Nations, "the 2018 theme will focus on the current situation of indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement, with a specific focus on indigenous peoples living in urban areas and across international borders."

For more information, visit the UN website.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series: Connection to Country

Monday 23 July 2018

The University Library is taking registrations for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series. The seminar is open to all University staff and students, and presents a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to extend their cultural competence and to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples.

The next seminar, Connection to Country, will be held on Friday 17 August 2018, and will focus on the Aboriginal cultural connection to Country.

Register for the seminar.

Leading global outcomes in nursing

Wednesday 20 June 2018

We are pleased to congratulate NCCC Associate Lecturer, Susan Anderson, who has been accepted into International Council of Nurses (ICN)'s Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute (GNPLI) Policy Program for 2018.

The GNPLI Policy Program will take place in September 2018 and aims to build capacity for leading nurses around the world to achieve better outcomes and quality of care.

Congratulations to Susan Anderson!

Discussing institutional racism

Monday 18 June 2018

The National Centre for Cultural Competence’s Professor Juanita Sherwood and Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine recently led discussions in Canberra on the topic of institutional racism as part of the NCCC's ongoing work with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

With participants from a range of Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments and agencies, the day provided a forum for constructive conversations and explored knowledge and capabilities for addressing institutional racism in the public sector.

For more information, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Professor Juanita Sherwood and Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine.

L-R: Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine, Craig Ritchie, CEO of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Professor Juanita Sherwood.

Professor Juanita Sherwood presenting.

NAIDOC Week 2018 Breakfast Panel: Monday 9 July, 9AM

Friday 15 June 2018

The National Centre for Cultural Competence is proud to be celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 on 8-15 July.

Join us as we kick-off NAIDOC week with a breakfast and panel discussion that celebrates the stories of some incredible Aboriginal women and who have fought for and supported Aboriginal communities.


Date: Monday 9 July 2018
Time: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Where: Old School House Cadigal Green, University of Sydney, Camperdown campus

Learn more about the panelists and register now.

NAIDOC Week 2018 MOOC Panel: Thursday 12 July, 5:30PM

Friday 15 June 2018

The National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) invites you to be part of NAIDOC Week 2018 as we host a panel discussion on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Cultural Competence - Aboriginal Sydney.

At the heart of Cultural Competence – Aboriginal Sydney is the fact that Sydney always was and always will be Aboriginal Land, yet despite this often the Aboriginal presence, past and present, is invisible to non-Indigenous people. The Aboriginal Sydney MOOC aims to rectify that by sharing stories and experiences of Sydney from Aboriginal perspectives.

This year’s NAIDOC week theme is Because of her, we can!, which celebrates the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

The discussion will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and panel members will discuss the theme in relation to their understanding of Aboriginal land, cultures, identities and history.


Date: Thursday 12 July 2018
Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Where: Seminar Room 218, Fisher Library, University of Sydney, Camperdown campus

Learn more about the panelists and register now.

Keynote videos now available from Cultural Competence Conference 2018

Friday 8 June 2018

The National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) would like extend our gratitude and thanks to all keynote speakers, presenters, delegates, guests, our partner, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), and Elders and members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in supporting Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice Conference for 2018.

All videos of keynote presentations are now available to watch on the Conference website.

Alternatively, you can watch the full NCCC Conference 2018 playlist on our YouTube channel.

Interview: Professor Jean Lau Chin on global and diverse leadership

Thursday 7 June 2018

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence, Professor Jean Lau Chin recently spoke to International House, University of Sydney on what global and diverse leadership can look like, what makes an effective leader, the importance of recognising and valuing differences, and her advice for emerging leaders.

Watch the full interview on YouTube

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series

Thursday 31 May 2018

The University of Sydney Library Cultural Competence Community of Practice is delighted to invite University staff and students to the second seminar in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series. Offered in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), our Seminar Series will include a total of 6 talks held during this year, presented by experts on areas including: History and Language, Cultural Astronomy, Connection to Country, Visual Art, Medicine, and Perspectives on Gender.

The seminar series presents a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples. We encourage you to register early, as places are limited.

The next seminar, Cultural Astronomy, will be held on Friday 15 June 2018, and will focus on Aboriginal cultural astronomy and cultural competence in research.

Register for the seminar.

Cultural capability: Unpacking processes, narratives, and policies

Monday 28 May 2018

Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine discusses the importance of understanding what cultural capability means for Aboriginal peoples. She challenges us have a different conversation about cultural capability that includes being open to diverse views, and to work to achieve congruence between the skills, knowledge, behaviours and the systems required.

The following 14-min video looks at recognising how behaviours, attitudes and systems influence the delivery of policies. Contextualising cultural capability is crucial – both for the Australian context and Aboriginal communities and how the public service looks like to the communities they serve, both in language and policy.

Critical self-reflection forms a large part of what informs the journey of cultural competence. Bringing in diverse knowledges and recognising how policies support existing narratives through the public service culture is also crucial to building processes and policies – and how they can be transformed by individuals supporting the wider organisational system to enable words, ideas, concepts and strategies.

Watch the full video.

More information about the research agenda, including presentations by other authors can be found here.

Critical self-reflection and driving conversations

Monday 28 May 2018

In this 4 min video, NCCC Academic Leader Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine gives an overview of the key ideas contained in the chapter. She highlights the importance of finding a new framework, or container for the conversation to drive cultural capability to ensure a truly transformational relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and the NSW Government.

Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine discusses the importance of Aboriginal peoples driving conversations about cultural capability, thinking critically about the knowledge that frames conversations and the process through which they occur.

Watch the full video.

New narratives in Aboriginal Affairs and the NSW Government

Thursday 24 May 2018

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW recently released its research agenda Transforming the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the NSW Government 2018-2023.

The agenda reflects a desire for a new narrative in Aboriginal affairs and demonstrates commitment to embedding Aboriginal voices and perspectives into policy development and implementation.

A series of workshops is being held around NSW and ACT to bring together the key contributors to the Aboriginal Affairs NSW research agenda, to provide an opportunity for students, academics, policymakers, practitioners, and community members interested in Aboriginal affairs policy reform in NSW to hear about the policy and research findings of their work and to discuss research implications.

Dr Gabrielle Russell-Mundine who, together with Professor Juanita Sherwood, Acting DVCISS and Academic Director of the NCCC is on the NSW Advisory Group on Aboriginal Affairs Research, contributed a chapter to the research agenda on the Cultural Capability of Public Servants.

National Reconciliation Week: Why history matters

22 May 2018
From 27 May to 3 June, Australians across the country are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Juanita Sherwood says the University has embraced National Reconciliation Week’s call to action.

“This year, for the first time, we’ll hold our flag raising ceremony and Hands of Reconciliation on Cadigal Green – formerly the marsh of Blackwattle Creek and a source of fresh water and fishing for Aboriginal people prior to invasion,” Professor Sherwood, a descendant of the Wiradjuri Nation, said.

“We invite students, staff, alumni and our local community to join us on 28 May, to reflect on the important ceremonial and spiritual connections this land held for its original custodians, the Aboriginal history of the University and what it means for us now and into the future.”