Professional Development

Self-care for Aboriginal Workers

Self-care for Aboriginal workers is vitally important to not only manage individual health and resilience but also to prevent stress and burnout. Managing multiple layers of relationships with families, communities and workplaces can result in added pressures and responsibilities, creating an emotional labour which can impact on health.

This 1-day in-person workshop focuses on the importance of self-care strategies for Aboriginal workers, with a special focus on the strength of culture and cultural wellbeing. This workshop introduces self-care, the role of an Aboriginal worker including cultural strengths, and challenges in the workplace. Included is a self-assessment of current self-care and strategies to create a self-care plan incorporating cultural well-being.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of self-care;
  • Increased understanding of the role of the Aboriginal worker;
  • Increased ability to self-assess and develop strategies for self-care, and
  • Increased ability to create a self-care plan incorporating cultural wellbeing.

Who should attend this online workshop?

This workshop is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family and/or Community Workers whose role is to support Aboriginal children and their families in Western Sydney Nepean Blue Mountains.


Dr Lana Leslie is a Kamilaroi woman, Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Gunnedah Hill, an Aboriginal Consultancy business specialising in leadership and strategy, cultural & strategic advice, reconciliation action plans, professional development programs, public speaking and research. Gunnedah Hill work with and empower leaders and organisations utilising specialist skills within a cultural framework. Lana has a varied career working in community development, higher education, sport and recreation, health, and policing. She has extensive experience teaching at university level as well as professional development programs for not for profit organisations. Lana has a PhD in Human Geography Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing), a Master of Social Science and a Bachelor of Social Science.


More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

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Artwork – © Amy Allerton, Contemporary Aboriginal Artist of the Gamilaroi, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung Nations

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Aboriginal Workforce Development Program


Wednesday 14 December 2022


9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Aboriginal Workforce Development Program


LEAD Learning Centre
10/197 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills, NSW 2147


  • Non-Member: $45.00 + GST
  • Aboriginal Workers of TEI Funded Services: FREE

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