Aboriginal Cultural Competency Training Testimonials....

Robynne Nelson has been providing Cross Cultural Awareness Training in various roles throughout her professional life. Over the past 11 years this consultancy, now named Healing the Spirit, has provided a significant number of training sessions to a wide range of agencies, departments, services and local governments. The following are a selection of testimonials gathered from course evaluations over the years:

  • Was the best cultural awareness session I have ever been to. Should be mandatory in all workplaces. Thanks for your enlightenment.
  • Brilliant training Robynne. Very well articulated. Awesome Stuff. It was DEADLY!
  • I had a skeletal understanding - you enhanced that knowledge base a thousand fold!
  • Robynne you are an amazingly strong woman and you are a fantastic presenter. A fantastic session and I am grateful to have been in this and have met you. I will be making changes within the organisation to ensure positive changes in our practices.
  • Wonderful learning presented in a humanistic way which I will always remember.
  • Your delivery style is excellent and a mix of history and personal stories are so compelling. And the application to our environment is so useful and thought provoking.
  • Very well presented and exceptionally delivered. One day is really not enough for this sort of training.
  • Thank you. The Stories, your stories, are the best vehicle to understand. Score 11/10
  • Well presented with courage and respect.
  • I absolutely loved the session and believe it will help me greatly. Fantastic Day.
  • Thankyou for sharing this day with myself with my fellow colleagues. You are an inspiration and very knowledgeable.
  • In 30 years of working I have never learnt as much about Aboriginal people and culture as I did today. Thankyou Robynne.
  • I could listen to Robynne speak for days.
  • Well Done!!! We should learn this in school as Australian history!!
  • Thank you for providing such an enlightening day! The beginnings of understanding spirituality were wonderful – Thank you.
  • Thank you for sharing this information. You presented the session very well. Congratulations on your amazing career.
  • I wish I had done this 20 years ago. Robynne has so much wonderful knowledge and experience what a wonderful day.
  • Excellent. Very interesting and well developed content. Delivery was fantastic. Very educational, motivating, respectful and heartfelt.
  • I thought the training was fantastic. I could have listened all day. This was one of the most valuable training sessions I have had.
  • ‘So interesting; learnt lots of new things; encouraged me to do some reading to further enhance my understanding.
  • Loved the “Cycle of Despair” you have made – I wanted a copy! Should be taught in all schools/communities. Well done and thank you!
  • Fantastic, interesting, has given me a lot to ponder.’ ‘I plan to be more informative to the general population.
  • Was great to be able to ask questions would otherwise have worried may have been disrespectful. Particularly found
  • the smoking ceremony very spiritual personally; I was surprised but pleased with this, thank you so much.
  • It’s a shame that our education system doesn’t see the need to have the Aboriginal journey as a subject within our schools.
  • Thanks Robynne for the day – I will be recommending that this day be an essential part of our staff induction or training program. You gave me some hope for our community, despite the media - thanks again.
  • ‘Thank you for providing such an enlightening day! The beginnings of understanding spirituality were wonderful – Thank you.’ 
  • ‘Thank you for sharing this information. You presented the session very well. Congratulations on your amazing career.’ 
  • I wish I had done this 20 years ago. Robynne has so much wonderful knowledge and experience what a wonderful day. 
  • Excellent. Very interesting and well developed content. Delivery was fantastic. Very educational, motivating, respectful and heartfelt.
  • I thought the training was fantastic. I could have listened all day. This was one of the most valuable training sessions I have had.
  • ‘So interesting; learnt lots of new things; encouraged me to do some reading to further enhance my understanding.’
  • Loved the “Cycle of Despair” you have made – I wanted a copy! Should be taught in all schools/communities.
  • Well done and thank you.’ ‘Fantastic, interesting, has given me a lot to ponder.’
  • ‘I plan to be more informative to the general population.’
  • Was great to be able to ask questions would otherwise have worried may have been disrespectful. Particularly found the smoking ceremony very spiritual personally; I was surprised but pleased with this, thank you so much;
  • It’s a shame that our education system doesn’t see the need to have the Aboriginal journey as a subject within our schools;
  • Thanks Robynne – you presented this session so beautifully. I particularly loved the info about spirituality; Enjoyable, interesting and educational.
  • Robynne was very interesting and it will help a lot with future clients.
  • Wonderful speaker – great knowledge and kept the sessions very interesting. Thank you.
  • Thank you. This has been most beneficial. We will commit to changing some practices and processes.
  • Would have been great to have more time, but the training was great in the time allowed.
  • Very enjoyable and interesting. Made me realise how much I didn’t know about the Aboriginal culture. The tour of Rumba was great also. Thank you.
  • I enjoyed having a look around Rumbalara and seeing the history of the local Aboriginal culture.
  • I have done this training in the past, but nothing like this. Excellent.
  • In 30 years of working I have never learnt as much about Aboriginal people and culture as I did today. Thank you Robynne.
  • I enjoyed having a tour or Rumbalara and getting to know the past history of Aboriginal culture in this area.
  • Whilst I understand why the session was shortened (our organisation's timeframes), I need to have a longer opportunity for this training, and will take it upon myself to do so.
  • Excellent. Very interesting and well developed content. Delivery was fantastic. Very educational, motivating, respectful and heartfelt.
  • I have previously attended cultural awareness training, the 2 day course. But I learnt new things today.
  • As a local housing worker, I would love to have more in depth training scheduled on specific issues in the local area.
  • Thank you. Your passion for what you do is inspiring.
  • Thank you. I really enjoyed your training, it was informative and thorough. I feel like I will walk away feeling more capable as a worker for having had this training. :)
  • Thank you for your session, information, and practicable advice that can be used in our roles.
  • ‘Thank you for a fantastic session.’
  • ‘Very informative session but opens up huge diverse discussions on the Aboriginal culture.’
  • ‘Great presenter, informative, speaks well and engages crowd.’
  • ‘Cycle of despair – was an easily available/accessible information tool.’ ‘Very informative session: life changing!
  • ‘Thank you for a great day. I would love to be part of change providing ongoing education for my team.’
  • ‘Thank you for your time and demonstrating your passion for trying to implement strategies etc to improve life for the Aboriginal communities.’
  • ‘Thank you for sharing your information and giving a great presentation.’
  • ‘Well presented & very informative. Great to have further education held locally & not travel to Melbourne.’
  • ‘Thank-you Robynne for your openness & honesty & sharing. Thank-you for not rushing us through the information & letting us ask questions. 
  • It is now our responsibility to spread the word & maintain the momentum.’

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