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The National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Strategy 2020-2025

This report has been published by AHPRA and the National Boards to provide guidance and create a strategy that aims to eliminate racism from the health system.

It sets a clear direction and course of action for Ahpra, National Boards and Accreditation Authorities, who together regulate Australia’s 740,000 registered health practitioners.

“Definition:

Cultural safety is determined by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

Culturally safe practice is the ongoing critical reflection of health practitioner knowledge, skills, attitudes, practising behaviours and power differentials in delivering safe, accessible and responsive healthcare free of racism.

How to:

To ensure culturally safe and respectful practice, health practitioners must:
a. Acknowledge colonisation and systemic racism, social, cultural, behavioural and economic factors which impact individual and community health;
b. Acknowledge and address individual racism, their own biases, assumptions, stereotypes and prejudices and provide care that is holistic, free of bias and racism;
c. Recognise the importance of self-determined decision-making, partnership and collaboration in healthcare which is driven by the individual, family and community;
d. Foster a safe working environment through leadership to support the rights and dignity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and colleagues.”

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here >>

You can read more at the Ahpra website.