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Cultural safety

The term 'cultural safety' (kawa whakaruruhau) was first used in nursing and midwifery to indicate practitioners' responsibilities when working with Māori. Students learned about Māori tikanga (customs and traditions) and history. The intention was to provide a historical context for poor Māori health and help practitioners interact with Māori in a culturally appropriate way. Other health disciplines also incorporated this idea in their practice. This news clip shows the kinds of topics covered at teaching institutions.

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Allison Kirkman, 'Health practitioners - Māori and Pacific health practitioners', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Allison Kirkman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 Apr 2018