Our Principles

Our principles are:

  • We are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People before we are Nurses and Midwives
  • We are the First Nation’s People and intend to maintain our cultural heritage
  • We recognise that we are on a lifelong journey with cultural obligations and commitments to our communities
  • We challenge the western health model in which nurses and midwives live and work because it promotes separation, hierarchy and power struggles, and denies the emotional, social, spiritual and political aspects of health in our holistic way
  • The philosophy that promotes all people as equal, or treated the same, denies the difference and cultural identity
  • Justice and recognition of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander history is a requirement of reconciliation
  • We are the experts in our own health and believe our experience and worldview challenges the established models of health. Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can learn and benefit from our experiences

Acknowledgement of Country

The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this Nation.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to Countries, Creator, Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

CATSINaM is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, videos, voices and names of people who have since passed away.