Evolving beyond antiracism_ Reflections on the experience of developing a cultural safety curriculum in a tertiary education setting_CQU.pdf (1.38 MB)
Evolving beyond antiracism: Reflections on the experience of developing a cultural safety curriculum in a tertiary education setting
journal contributionposted on 2023-10-23, 01:49 authored by K Hall, S Vervoort, L Del Fabbro, F Rowe Minniss, Vicki-Lea SaundersVicki-Lea Saunders, K Martin, A Bialocerkowski, E Milligan, M Syron, R West
There is an inextricable link between cultural and clinical safety. In Australia high-profile Aboriginal deaths in custody, publicised institutional racism in health services and the international Black Lives Matter movement have cemented momentum to ensure culturally safe care. However, racism within health professionals and health professional students remains a barrier to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health professionals. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy's objective to ‘eliminate racism from the health system’, and the recent adoption of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples led cultural safety definition, has instigated systems level reflections on decolonising practice. This article explores cultural safety as the conceptual antithesis to racism, examining its origins, and contemporary evolution led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, including its development in curriculum innovation. The application of cultural safety is explored using in-depth reflection, and the crucial development of integrating critical consciousness theory, as a precursor to culturally safe practice, is discussed. Novel approaches to university curriculum development are needed to facilitate culturally safe and decolonised learning and working environments, including the key considerations of non-Indigenous allyship and collaborative curriculum innovations and initiatives.
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