Promote Aboriginal Cultural Safety Assignment

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Education Support - PromoteAboriginal Cultural Safety
Formative AssessmentActivity 1.1. How health service organisations can identify the potential impact of cultural factors onservice delivery to Aboriginal clients?In Australia, there a number of framework present that need to be considered byhealthcare professionals in order to give service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.It includes cultural safety, cultural sensitivity, cultural awareness, skills of health professionalsetc. Aboriginal culture of Australia includes a number of beliefs or practices which is centred inDreamtime (Boksa, Joober and Kirmayer, 2015). They are often hesitant to take advice frommedical professionals because such types of indigenous people mostly view their health inholistic manner. This kind of view includes spiritual, social, physical and cultural well-being ofpeople and communities. Therefore, aboriginal people always think that illness is only caused byevil spirits or due to disobey of certain spiritual laws. In this regard, they mostly disregarded totake services from healthcare institutions for their well-being. For this purpose, concerning onfactors like cultural safety, awareness, professional skills and more.Culturally safe practices include a number of actions such as respect and recognize thecultural identities of aboriginal people, then safely meet needs, expectations as well as rights ofthem. Any error in such actions or culturally unsafe practices may diminish, disempower anddemotivate the cultural identity or impact on well-being of an individual. It is furthermoreimportant to health professionals to address the practitioner capabilities and provide the extent ofracism, which are experienced by Aboriginal and other peoples belongs to different cultures, toaccessing health care (Kildea and et. al., 2016). The another of healthcare professionals includeidentifying if equity in access and outcomes of health practices whether limited by organisationalsystem, policy factors or any funding requirement, so that necessary actions can be taken. Inrecognition of this factor, other factors such as cultural competence, cultural security and culturalrespect also helps health professionals in identify the potential impact of cultural factors onservice delivery to Aboriginal clients.1
2. How can identifying the impact of cultural factors that affect service delivery?It has been identified that there are various factors present like cultural competence,cultural safety, cultural sensitivity and more, that need to be considered by health professionalswhile giving services to Aboriginal people. Here, less evidence for understanding where servicedelivery in healthcare sectors lead to better outcomes may increase difficulties for attributivechanges like improvement in employment outcomes. Similarly, unsafe practices can diminish thecultural identity and demean the well-being of aboriginal people, which directly affect servicedelivery (Laverty, McDermott and Calma, 2017). A holistic view and spiritual link to land andancestors of these indigenous people interpret the service delivery of health professionals. Alongwith this, cultural diversities which shows a number of differences in lifestyle, laws, ceremony,language, custom and beliefs etc. also affect communication between professionals andindigenous people, that create barriers in delivering services for their well-being. Thereafter,cultural awareness is considered as the only factor that influences people to take health services,by fostering through education only. In this regard, lack of fund and limited organisationalresources will also affect the services delivery.2
Activity 2.Issues which influence relationships and communication with Aboriginal? Why it is important toidentify these cultural factors when designing and delivering servicesSo many issues are there that affect communication and relationship with Aboriginal.First is lack of culturally and relevant education. Learning styles that are based on demonstrative,visual and oral methods have left generations on Aboriginal with inappropriate education. Thisserve as a barrier to their potential to take part in education, health, community and welfareservices. This affect their communication as in some cases they were not even allowed to speakin their own language(Roffey, 2017). In this case visual and oral information could be used todeliver data. Another issue is lack of proper employment opportunities. Sometimes indigenouspeople find it difficult to keep in the occupations that are not appropriate for them. That’s whythey avoid jobs that require more paperwork and thinking. This has an impact on theirrelationship as they find it difficult to create and maintain relations with others.It is very essential to identify and examine these cultural factors when designing anddelivering services because by considering these elements organisation can deliver betterservices to its customers. Identification of these elements support in formulate an effective policythat help in identify the specific requirements of every individual and also help in delivering thesame in an appropriate manner. In this regard, some major issues that influence relationship andcommunication with aboriginal are given as beneath:Holistic view and spiritual beliefLack of culturally and relevant educationLearning stylesDifferent linguistic and language issuesLack of culturally appropriate healthcare servicesRacist or discriminative behaviour by healthcare staffUnaffordable cost of seeking healthcareLack of time or ability to attend appointmentsMistrust and Unwelcoming SpacesHigh expectations of community groupsDifferent perspective3
Power imbalance exists between the service providers of mainstream healthcare servicesand Aboriginal peoplesA number of logistical issues, like cost of transport and longer distances to healthcareservices, that relate to permeability through which indigenous people living in remoteareas can access medical servicesExpectation for a life after a chronic disease diagnosisExpectation of normality.4
Activity 3.To establish the key aspects of cultural safety it will be necessary to consult with indigenous co-workers, community members and elders. Explain cultural safety, its importance torelationship between service providers and indigenous communities and how it can beintegrated into workplaceCultural safety refers to concept which emerged in the late 1980s and creates aframework for service delivery related to appropriate health services for the people, especiallybelongs to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander people, Maori and more. Recognising this concepthelp professionals in health care settings and developing affective relationship with indigenouspeople, in delivering services for their well-being. In order to develop the positive relationshipbetween service providers and indigenous people, it is essential for healthcare organisations toconcern on some important principle of cultural safety. It includes rather than to ask individualsto focus on cultural dimensions of other cultures, concerns on own cultural identities andattitudes first (Clifford and et. al., 2015). Hereby, being open-minded as well as flexible inattitudes towards culture of others, identifying what makes others, understanding own cultureand its influence on own belief etc. help in recognising the culture safety while deliveringservices. These principles can be incorporated at workplace within healthcare serviceorganisations by – Developing trust and proper communication; Clear, free, open-minded andrespectful communication; Understanding other cultures and their influence.Furthermore, the process towards becoming culturally safe also includes three main keyelements that cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and cultural safety. All these processes needto be achieved for health service providers in order to be in a position for negotiating culturallysafe interactions with others. By understanding own culture as well as the concept of transferringof power among dominant and less dominant groups at workplace, make professionals culturallysafe in a number of contexts. It includes developing trust with indigenous people, activelynegotiate knowledge and outcomes via bi-cultural relationship with others. Here, culturalawareness is considered as beginning step for understanding the difference between own cultureand culture of indigenous people, in order to recognise the basic needs of them. For this purpose,it is essential to for health professionals to consult with other indigenous co-workers, elders and5
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