Cultural Safety for Health Professionals

Welcome to the Cultural Safety for Health Professionals portal. The portal aims to support teaching health professionals to critically reflect on the concept of cultural safety and to deliver safe, accessible and responsive healthcare that is free from racism. Links are provided here to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety resources , relating to the five capabilities of a refreshed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework.

For each profession you will find available links to resources and publications in relation to the five capabilities as well as general information that is relevant across all disciplines.

The capabilities are:

  1. Respect: Recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ ways of knowing, being and doing in the context of history, culture and diversity, and affirm and protect these factors through ongoing learning in health care practice.
  2. Communication: Engage in culturally appropriate, safe and sensitive communication that facilitates trust and the building of respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  3. Safety and quality: Apply evidence and strengths-based best practice approaches in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.
  4. Reflection: Examine and reflect on how one’s own culture and dominant cultural paradigms, influence perceptions of and interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  5. Advocacy: Recognise that the whole health system is responsible for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Advocate for equitable outcomes and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and actively contribute to social change.

The links to these resources have been provided by the Griffith University First Peoples Health Unit and are curated by the HealthInfoNet.

 

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Baugal Baugulin Yabruma (Well Better Always)

Kevin Williams
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