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

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. & Thompson, Marlene (2010) Collaborative voices: Ongoing reflections on cultural competency and the health care of Australian Indigenous people. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 13(3), pp. 10-20.

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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.

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ID Code: 34396
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This paper is one of the articles in the special edition of the Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (JAII) that introduces Indigenous Australian academics’ perspectives on various concepts and models concerning how service providers might structure their organisations and train their practitioners to deliver culturally safe, high quality services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The special edition is titled: What’s needed in preparing health and human services professionals for working with Aboriginal communities?
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Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Cultural Competency, Cultural Satefy, Culturally Appropriate, Health, Questions, Australia
ISSN: 1440-5202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Medicine Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (210301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Bronwyn Fredericks and Marlene Thompson
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2010 07:38
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:23

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