I’d like to think I have an acceptable level of cultural competence. This is as a result of having worked in partnership with Aboriginal Cultural Educators in the Northern Territory’s GP training program for several years.

But during a visit to Noosa Heads in Queensland last year, I began to feel very uneasy. Here’s why……


The coloured sands of Teewah, north of Noosa Heads, Queensland, Australia.

In 1969, my parents and I drove up to Queensland from Melbourne for a summer holiday after I’d finished primary school. One of the most memorable sightseeing trips was when a four wheel drive drove a few of us out to Rainbow Beach. We marveled at the variety of different coloured sands on cliffs near the ocean

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