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Cultural Awareness Session on Kurdish Culture and Language

All Graduates presents the Cultural Awareness Session on Kurdish Culture & Language Webinar, designed for professionals who work with or are involved with services to CALD communities.


Australia has recently seen a number of Kurdish refugees and immigrants settle in Australia, but there is often confusion about who the Kurds are, and their relation to the countries in which they reside – mainly Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Most are Islamic, but one distinct group which largely speak Kurdish Kurmanji – the Yazidi (Ezidi) – are not.

The Kurdish language is also not one language, but has several distinct varieties which may cause confusion, particularly when organising language services.

A panel of practising Kurdish interpreters and a language specialist will look at the distinct cultural and linguistic features of this group, and how service providers can best meet their needs.   

Topics Covered:

  • Background to Kurdish immigration to Australia

  • Cultural variation among Kurdish populations

  • The varieties of Kurdish language

  • Implications of linguistic diversity for language services

Who would this be useful for?

Users of language services and all service providers who have contact with Kurdish clients.


Learning Goals: After completing this event you will gain:

Knowledge of:

  • The varieties of the Kurdish language and the correct identification of language and interpreting needs of this population.

  • Familiarity with the cultural, religious and social variations in the Kurdish population

Skills to:

  • Be able to more appropriately identify languages and respond to the needs of Kurdish clients

Presented/Facilitated By:

Presented by: Dr Uldis Ozolins with assistance from Kurdish Interpreters.

Dr Uldis Ozolins is a well-known teacher, researcher and writer on Interpreting & Translation with an international reputation. He has taught at several Australian universities, most recently at Western Sydney University where he was head of the languages and I&T area for several years. Uldis has conducted numerous professional development and training seminars for various organisations including All Graduates; was one of the authors of the Code of Ethics for AUSIT, the national professional association for I&T in Australia; and has participated in the restructuring of the NAATI testing regime. With a background in social sciences and politics, he advises on language service policy and is keen to develop cultural and linguistic awareness among service providers and the wider community. 


Dr Uldis Ozolins, with assistance from Kurdish interpreters Shirin Badpa, Dr Shorsh Ahmad and Shabboo Shariati.

Shirin Badpa and Shaboo Shariati are practising interpreters in Melbourne; Dr Shorsh Ahmad is a leading Kurdish educator and former Principal

How to Register:

Step 1. Click the 'Register' Button at the top of this event page.

Step 2. Complete your Name, Email and other contact details as required.

Step 3. Review your details and accept the terms and conditions.

Step 4. Process payment via Credit Card allowing you to secure your registration(s) immediately. After you confirm your order you will be taken to a secure page where you can pay online.

Step 5. On successful payment, you will receive 2 confirmation emails - with your Tax Invoice attached (1) and Event Instructions (2).

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