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Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi (2 Days) - Townsville

Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at 9:00 am - Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi (2 Days) - Townsville

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Registration Fees (Session 1 - 22 November AND Session 2 - 23 November) 15/11/2017 $500.00 $0.00 $50.00

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Session 1 - Wednesday 22 November 2017

Session 2 - Thursday 23 November 2017

What's it All About?

Yarn up Tok Blo Yumi involves participation in focussed conversations or yarns aimed at deepening your understanding of historical, social and cultural perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inclusion.

It is delivered by the Workforce Council in partnership and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and community members since 2009. It is a conversational model that is inclusive, builds on strengths, challenges world views and assumptions and nurtures authentic relationships. 

Yarn up Tok Blo Yumi means ' talk belongs to you and me'. The success of this program lies in the processes and structure that supports people within organisations, services and businesses to have open conversations and consider how to build relationships within communities and develop culturally safe and inclusive work environments. 

Over 2000 participants have experienced the power of Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi and many are now the change agents in their own workplaces. 

This is a two day workshop which will:

  • Enrich your understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, community and Australian history
  • Explore effective engagement strategies to embed inclusion within your organisation
  • Examine the nature of the reconciliation agenda and how it relates to your organisation
  • Reflect on the impact of your organisation’s current policies and practices


You can engage us to deliver this program within your workplace and contextualise it to your setting.

What our participants say:

 I feel so grateful for the support of the amazing facilitators and the generous insights provided by our group’s elders as I strive for cultural integrity. - Participant, Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi

The experience for me was uplifting and life changing and the proof is in our current practices. We are leading the way on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practices can be truly embedded within a teaching and learning environment! - Participant, Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi

Powerful, powerful workshop series. Respectful and knowledgeable facilitators provided a much needed pathway to learn the true history of our past. I have been inspired every day to learn more, and believe this series should be compulsory for all Educators. The most outstanding, meaningful and empowering project proving to create significant positive change towards the true understanding, respect and culturally safe practices not only in ECEC services but in the extended community. - Participant, Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi 

Presenter Bios - Christine Payne & Rona Scherer

Rona comes from the Yalanji and Mamu peoples of Far North Queensland, having a strong and active role in her homelands. She comes with diverse experiences from administration to curating art exhibitions and conducting workshops and conferences presentations. Rona also sits on the Board of Mullen Bun Goon for the Mamu Tropical Skywalk in Far North Queensland.

Cultural inclusion and safety within Australia are on a very long journey.  There is much work to be done within workforce and with organisations who are seeking to begin those conversations.  Rona sees her current role as a Workforce Consultant as her way to support making that cultural shift towards a truly reconciled and progressive nation.


Christine has been with the Workforce Council since 2007 where she has held various roles. Christine has worked with groups across various community sectors including youth, mental health, domestic violence and family support supporting them to work together to collect data, prioritise needs and develop workforce plans to build the capacity of the health and community services sectors throughout Qld. More recently Christine's work has focused on developing a suite of learning and development offerings including mentoring programs, large conferences, workshops and peer learning expriences. Christine particularly enjoys working with organisations to develop learning plans that support them to achieve their goals over the longer term.

Christine has a Diploma of Business Management, Event Management and Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

The artwork used in the Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi promotional materials is from


Have questions about Yarn Up Tok Blo Yumi (2 Days) - Townsville? Contact Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc.

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Rydges Southbank Townsville
23 Palmer Street
South Townsville, QLD 4810

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at 9:00 am - Thursday, 23 November 2017 at 4:00 pm (AEST)

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Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc.

Since we were founded in 1992, the Workforce Council has supported the health and community services industry to meet their current and future workforce needs, and has developed into one of Queensland’s leading industry workforce bodies.

We enjoy a reputation as an inclusive and active peak body that delivers insightful, informed and intelligent support in workforce insights, strategy and capability. 

Our team cares about the industry and has helped thousands of people to make positive improvements in their day-to-day work practices across a range of disciplines and skill-sets.

Over more than two decades, the Workforce Council has developed unique and effective expertise which is underpinned by a truly collaborative approach and deep connections with industry, community and government.

We enhance the important work being done by health and community services workers throughout Queensland who provide essential services that make our communities healthier, more liveable and cohesive.

Our vibrant industry faces increasing pressure to meet the needs of communities, families and individuals right across Queensland. The Workforce Council provides practical support and sense of connection, helping you and our industry as a whole to work well together.

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