Terms & concepts: strengthening care of ATSI peoples

Terms & concepts: strengthening care of ATSI peoples

29th Jul 2013

Towards a shared understanding of terms and concepts: strengthening nursing and midwifery care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN)

This documents scope and sole focus is the relationship between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person and the non-Indigenous nurse and midwife.

This document provides explanations of the words and concepts to help practitioner adhere to the Codes as they relate specifically to our provision of nursing and midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

For example, what does cultural safety really mean? How do we know we practise it? How is it measured?

Wherever possible, original works have been quoted.  Some of the terms are vague and imprecise and it is only when they are offered as conceptual frameworks that they have meaning.

The paper encourages the reader to consider the terms from all levels - of the individual nurse and/or midwife, of the health care organisation and of the health care system. Like issues such as bullying and sexual harassment, the individual needs the support of the broader institution and system to affect change.

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