Cultural Safety Robyn Williams Objectives Critically examine the concept of cultural safety Objectives Reflect on the relevance of cultural safety to your work practice Objectives Analyse the issues pertinent to cultural safety of health service delivery Points to Consider As health professionals, educators, researchers, bureaucrats (whatever) we need to understand that culture is a socially constructed phenomenon and there are all sorts of implications for social behaviour Points to Consider We also need to recognise that we need to develop a sophisticated critique of culture and cultural difference in order to practise safely and effectively What is culture? Reflect on aspects and examples of your personal and professional identity that can be linked with your cultural background and experience What is cultural awareness? Does this differ from cultural sensitivity? If so - how? ? What is cultural safety and why do we have to think about it? List points for and against examining the issue of cultural safety If you are working/studying with people who behave in a culturally unsafe way - how do you handle such a situation? From your experience, do you have a sense that these objectives have been incorporated into the education and training of your particular profession? Do you think they should be? How can you better incorporate these elements into your current practice?