Cultural Safe and Responsive Care Statement
Cultural safety represents a key philosophical shift from providing a service regardless of difference to care that takes account of peoples’ unique needs. Cultural safety is central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their relationships with the health system. Cultural safety describes a state, where people are enabled and feel they can access health care that suits their needs, are able to challenge personal or institutional racism (when they experience it), establish trust in services and expect effective, quality care.
It requires all people to undertake an ongoing process of self-reflection and cultural self-awareness and an acknowledgement of how these impact on interactions and service delivery. Critically, cultural safety does not necessarily require the study of any culture other than one’s own: it is essentially about being open-minded and flexible in attitudes towards others. Identifying what makes others different is simple – however, understanding our own culture and its influence on how we think, feel and behave is much more complex, and often goes unquestioned.
If Cultural Safety describes the state we are aiming to reach – safe, accessible, person-oriented and informed care – Cultural Responsiveness is the practice to enable it.
- Submission – Cancer Australia – Public Consultation Lung Cancer Screening Enquiry February 2020
- Submission – Council of Attorneys-General Review of Age of Criminal Responsibility
- Submission – House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs – Pathways and Participation Opportunities for Indigenous Australians in Employment and Business
- Submission – Royal Commission into violence abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability