Talking Sticks

The story of the Prevocational Education Talking Sticks

Yarning circles and talking sticks have been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years to discuss issues in an inclusive and collaborative matter by yarning Aboriginal people conveying their traditions and knowledge. Yarning circles have respectful interactions, to be open and honest, to listen deeply, acknowledge others and offer your own thoughts and feelings in return. We take these very same values and try to emulate these values in the Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum today.

The talking sticks were painted by a man from the Yugambeh tribe on the Gold Coast. In 2009 they were first handed to Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria from the incumbent Postgraduate Medical council of Queensland and this has started the tradition of the talking sticks being handed from one forum organiser to the next.