Focus Topics

topic 2 | Activity 1: Tom’s story

Tom is a 55-year-old Aboriginal man with advanced lung cancer and multiple metastases. He collapses at home, his family call the ambulance and he is admitted to the ward, extremely breathless. His disease is now end-stage. Tom’s wife Cec and their son Jimmy are with him in the ward.

  1. What are some of the communication issues illustrated in the video?
  2. Think about your own discipline and identify actions you could take to ensure that the care you will provide to Tom and his family is culturally safe.