The Koorie Heritage Trust has undertaken cultural awareness training of all RAV staff over a two-year period.

This training was an important part of RAV’s commitment to making sure our services are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


As well as the formal training through the Trust, staff are learning about Aboriginal culture through involvement in other activities such as National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day of Observance Committee (NAIDOC) and Reconciliation Week and attendance at Aboriginal conferences. 


RAV also attends as many of the Sisters Day Out (SDO) events as is practical. The SDO is a program of wellbeing workshops for Koori women. The SDO Out cultural aspects are integral to strengthening the role of Koori women in relation to their family and community and is a program of the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service.


Brutha's Day Out (BDO) is a cultural and healing program developed by RAV in partnership with a number of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations. To date, RAV has sponsored and supported six BDO events, the most recent in partnership with VACCA in the Southern Region of Melbourne.


All of these activities continue to develop RAV staff knowledge and awareness of Aboriginal people, families and community.    


To see photos of SDO and BDO, please go to our facebook page