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Collaborative voices: ongoing reflections on cultural competency and the health care of Australian Indigenous people

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The issue of cultural competency in health care continues to be a priority in

    Australia for health and human services professionals. Cultural competence in

    caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is of increasing

    interest, and is a priority in closing the gap in health disparities between

    Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Through a collaborative

    conversation, the authors draw on a case study, personal experience and the

    literature to highlight some of the issues associated with employing culturally

    appropriate, culturally safe and culturally competent approaches when caring

    for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The intent of this article is to

    encourage discussion on the topic of cultural competency, and to challenge

    health professionals and academics to think and act on racism, colonialism,

    historical circumstances and the political, social, economic, and geographical

    realms in which we live and work, and which all impact on cultural

    competency.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • B. Fredericks & M. Thompson, "Collaborative voices: ongoing reflections on cultural competency and the health care of Australian Indigenous people", Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 13 3 (2010) 10-20.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 20

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The issue of cultural competency in health care continues to be a priority in

    Australia for health and human services professionals. Cultural competence in

    caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is of increasing

    interest, and is a priority in closing the gap in health disparities between

    Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Through a collaborative

    conversation, the authors draw on a case study, personal experience and the

    literature to highlight some of the issues associated with employing culturally

    appropriate, culturally safe and culturally competent approaches when caring

    for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The intent of this article is to

    encourage discussion on the topic of cultural competency, and to challenge

    health professionals and academics to think and act on racism, colonialism,

    historical circumstances and the political, social, economic, and geographical

    realms in which we live and work, and which all impact on cultural

    competency.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • B. Fredericks & M. Thompson, "Collaborative voices: ongoing reflections on cultural competency and the health care of Australian Indigenous people", Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 13 3 (2010) 10-20.

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 20

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia