The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) have today released a joint statement on culturally safe and respectful care. ‘Racial discrimination is well documented as a contributing factor to poor health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.The Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are committed to addressing racism and demonstrating leadership to nurses and midwives to ensure they value the needs of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, and promote and provide culturally safe care.’
The statement reminds nurses and midwives of their responsibility to provide care that is free of bias and racism, challenges belief based upon assumption and is culturally safe and respectful for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
‘To support cultural safety in nursing and midwifery, the NMBA worked closely with CATSINaM to develop this principle in the new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives (the codes). The codes take effect for all nurses and midwives in Australia from 1 March 2018.
The codes set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives in all practice settings. They provide clear guidance and include the expectations for nurses and midwives in supporting the health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The NMBA and CATSINaM are asking nurses and midwives to review the joint statement and the new codes, as nurses and midwives play an important role in delivering safe and respectful health care to all Australians.’
The joint statement is enclosed and you can read a good post on the new codes here>>