Towards cultural safety


Martin Fletcher, CEO AHPRA, Ms Jodie Sizer, Co-CEO PwC Indigenous Consulting, and Prof Roianne West, First Peoples Health at Griffith University.
Martin Fletcher, CEO AHPRA, Ms Jodie Sizer, Co-CEO PwC Indigenous Consulting, and Prof Roianne West, First Peoples Health at Griffith University.

AHPRA has announced a new partnership whereby health regulators will access cultural safety training

PricewaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting Pty Limited in partnership with Griffith University First Peoples Health Unit will deliver cultural safety training for Australia’s regulators of registered health practitioners.

The outcome of a competitive tender process, the training is an important first step to ensure that AHPRA and the Boards working to regulate health practitioners nationally understand their own connection to culture and unconscious biases, and how these are likely to influence their work, says AHPRA.

AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher said the training is an important milestone and is part of the agency’s commitment to support health equity for all Australians, which was publicly made by AHPRA and 36 other signatories in the National Scheme’s Statement of intent last year.

“One of our strategic priorities is helping to embed cultural safety into the health system through our work with over 740 000 registered health practitioners across Australia,” Mr Fletcher said.

“We want to be a regulator who deeply understands cultural safety and what it means for our work and we want to partner with others to build a culturally safe registered health practitioner workforce across Australia.”

National Scheme Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group member and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chair, Ms Renee Owen, said everyone has a part to play to achieve health equity.

“We all have a responsibility to understand cultural safety so that we can work to eliminate racism from the health system and enable health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,” said Ms Owen.

“This training is an important step towards ensuring that the regulation of health practitioners is culturally safe.”

This Aboriginal-led collaboration between PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, Griffith University’s First Peoples Health Unit and the National Scheme Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Group will provide a world class, bespoke cultural safety training program supporting the necessary culture transformation of Australia’s health professions, AHPRA says.

“It’s great that we are able to announce this partnership – it shows the scheme for regulation health practitioners’ real, tangible commitment to changing how we work,” said Mr Fletcher.

The training to be provided by PIC in partnership with Griffith University First Peoples Health Unit will be rolled out from the end of 2019.

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