Aunty Matilda Williams-House
Elder and Matriarch Ngunnawal Peoples, Canberra

Why is Cultural Safety Important?

Cultural Safety is extremely important in the professional roles of Nurses and Midwives. Cultural Safety is as critical as clinical safety. The term ‘Cultural’ is not about cultural identity, ethnicity or traditions. Rather, it’s about the ‘culture’ of power. 

Cultural Safety is an outcome of nursing and midwifery education that enables safe service to be defined by those that receive the service and is a way of providing care that is holistic, free of bias and racism, challenges belief based upon assumption and is done in a respectful manner.  This Cultural Safety program has been developed to recognise the historical, social, material, and political conditions of Australia’s colonial context, specifically from the social positions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health outcomes, culture of power dynamics within nursing and midwifery workforce, and the implications for clients’ health care and professional practice.

The concept of Cultural Safety:

  • arose from the colonial context of Aotearoa (New Zealand) by Māori nurses and nursing students in response to the manifestations of racism.
  • was further theorised by Māori nursing educator, Dr Irihapeti Ramsden, to develop the concept of cultural safety into the theoretical and practical framework of kawa whakaruruhau meaning protection (pronounced: ‘ka-wa’ ‘faka-ru-ru-ho’).
  • was the focus of Dr Ramsden’s 2001 CATSIN Conference presentation, where she shared her theorising and real practice implications.
  • has since been adopted in Australia and developed to recognise the historical, social, material, and political conditions of Australia’s colonial context, specifically from the social positions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • is pivotal to contemporary Australian nursing and midwifery theory and practice, particularly regarding its potential to improve nursing and midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ participation in and influence of Australia’s nursing and midwifery professions.

Watch Adjunct Professor Practice Alison McMillan talk about Cultural Safety

Adjunct Professor Practice Alison McMillan
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer – Australia

Aunty Dulcie Flower
Erub Nation, Elder, CATSINaM Founding Member

Developed for Practicing Nurses and Midwives

The program is one aspect of your life-long learning towards achieving Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in Nursing and Midwifery practice.

Watch Aunty Dulcie Flower talk about the Program

Professional Development for Nurses and Midwives 

Nurses and midwives are highly respected professionals of our community providing health care. There is no safe healthcare without cultural safety hence ongoing professional learning is essential. The NMBA supports this program as it provides the opportunity towards continuous professional development.

Program Structure/Outline

Adjunct Professor Annette Symes
Presiding Member – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

Enrol in our program

The next offering of Murra Mullangari program will commence on Monday 5th February 2024.

Early Bird 20% Discount Registration is open until Sunday 28th January 2024.

Full price registration will commence on 29th January 2024.

REGISTRATION LINK

Full Pricing is $495 incl. GST payable via credit card.

Detailed instructions on how individuals can enrol is located HERE

Bulk Purchase can be done any time.

Help Contact: Should you have any questions or queries related to the program, please phone us on 1300 001 228 OR email catsinam@accessiq.com.au

FAQs

You will gain an understanding of the:

  • Origins of Cultural Safety and its components.
  • Cultural Humility model and its components
  • Influences on and implications of Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in practical settings.
  • Culture of power and its implications in general and within Australia.
  • Significant achievements by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Nursing and Midwifery leadership.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder key initiatives regarding Cultural Safety.
  • The power dynamics within Nursing and Midwifery and the implications for
    clients and your practice.

You will gain an understanding of the:

  • Origins of Cultural Safety and its components.
  • Cultural Humility model and its components
  • Influences on and implications of Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in practical settings.
  • Culture of power and its implications in general and within Australia.
  • Significant achievements by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Nursing and Midwifery leadership.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder key initiatives regarding Cultural Safety.
  • The power dynamics within Nursing and Midwifery and the implications for
    clients and your practice.

You will gain an understanding of the:

  • Origins of Cultural Safety and its components.
  • Cultural Humility model and its components
  • Influences on and implications of Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in practical settings.
  • Culture of power and its implications in general and within Australia.
  • Significant achievements by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Nursing and Midwifery leadership.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder key initiatives regarding Cultural Safety.
  • The power dynamics within Nursing and Midwifery and the implications for
    clients and your practice.

You will gain an understanding of the:

  • Origins of Cultural Safety and its components.
  • Cultural Humility model and its components
  • Influences on and implications of Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in practical settings.
  • Culture of power and its implications in general and within Australia.
  • Significant achievements by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Nursing and Midwifery leadership.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder key initiatives regarding Cultural Safety.
  • The power dynamics within Nursing and Midwifery and the implications for
    clients and your practice.

You will gain an understanding of the:

  • Origins of Cultural Safety and its components.
  • Cultural Humility model and its components
  • Influences on and implications of Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in practical settings.
  • Culture of power and its implications in general and within Australia.
  • Significant achievements by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Nursing and Midwifery leadership.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder key initiatives regarding Cultural Safety.
  • The power dynamics within Nursing and Midwifery and the implications for
    clients and your practice.
  • A Welcome and Introduction to the Program.
  • Module 1: Understanding Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility.
  • Module 2: Cultural Safety in Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Module 3: Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility in Nursing and Midwifery
    Practice.

Practicing Nurses and Midwives from all career stages, clinical and non-clinical roles and backgrounds.

  • It’s an eight-hour self-paced program to be done over an 8-week period with a digital task as assessment after each Module.
  • You may stop and start as you please during the 8-week period.

A digital badge and a certificate upon completion of the three identified Digital
Badge modules and the assessment tasks.

Continual Professional Development hours = 8.

Institutions/Organisations can bulk purchase enrolment packs, using the relevant link below, to sponsor their employees to be able to enrol into this program. Once purchased they will get a special code to share with their employees to individually register and enrol into the program.

Testimonials from the students

(February 2022)

This is something all student nurses and registered nurses should undertake. It is a great addition to basic cultural safety training that health has, it is specific to nursing and midwifery and applicable to everyday practice.

It was great to reflect, and read. I thought the notes were a good idea. Some of the questions initially confused me in the quizzes, but I got there ! I thought the course was very good, it was good to have a mix of different learning and presentation platforms.

I loved this course. I have done numerous Cutural Safety trainings but none of them covered the depth of knowledge that this course did.

Partners

This Murra Mullangari: Introduction of Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility program is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Indigenous Work Force program

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