Focus Topics

topic 2 | Activity 6: Building capacity

The third practice principle is to provide information or training to all personnel to enable the provision of culturally safe palliative care to Aboriginal peoples. [1]

Consider the following:

  • All healthcare staff, including non direct care workers, should complete cultural safety training [1]
  • Non-Indigenous Australians must increase their knowledge and understanding of the correlation between historical events, political agendas, economics and ill health
  • Building workplace relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal Health workers/ indigenous liaison officers to enhance the practical knowledge of staff in regard to providing culturally safe care [2]
  • Sourcing culturally appropriate education materials
  • The Centre for Cultural Competence Australia provides training and development to individuals and organisations in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence
  • Closing the gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is currently a key priority within Australia. [3]
  1. What resources are available to support health professionals to maintain a culturally safe environment when caring for Aboriginal people?
  2. How do you determine if the care you are providing is culturally safe?
  1. Commonwealth of Australia. (2004). Providing culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Resource Kit. Retrieved 9 December 2011, from www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/palliativecare-pubs-indig-resource.htm
  2. Queensland Government. (2011). Sad news, sorry business. Guidelines for caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through death and dying. Retrieved 9 December 2011, from www.health.qld.gov.au/atsihealth/documents/sorry_business.pdf
  3. Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet. (2011). Closing the gap. Retrieved 9 December 2011, from www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/closing-the-gap