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The creation of cultural safety in our communities will be the focus of the case studies in the next part of this Chapter. I will check with the AHW if any issues were raised when explaining the procedure to the family and if transport is sorted out.
Cultural security on the other hand, speaks more to the obligations of those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure that there are policies and practices in place so that all interactions adequately meet cultural needs. I will ask to see if the AHW can be in attendance at the appointment.’ Cultural security directly links understandings and actions.
But there is also a need to ensure that Aboriginal community environments are also culturally safe and promote the strengthening of culture. Not other people telling me who I should be or who I am’. ‘Having the sense of refuge in the middle of a storm’. ‘Feeling safe to be able to express yourself and being embraced by the rest of society’. A culturally secure environment cannot exist where external forces define and control cultural identities.
The VACCA undertook research through surveys and interviews with Victorians (predominately Indigenous) to unpack the concept of cultural safety. The role for government and other third parties in creating cultural safety is ensuring that our voices are heard and respected in relation to our community challenges, aspirations and identities. The first part of this Chapter has looked at the concepts of cultural safety and security.
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Lateral violence on the other hand, undermines and attacks identity, culture and community. That’s an enriched environment..many other environments, including Koorie organisations are environments of poverty...cultural poverty, social poverty and in environments of enrichment people can grow and flourish’. ‘It affects the way I walk the land, having seen so much violence. This model distinguishes between cultural awareness, cultural safety and cultural security which Coffin argues have been inappropriately interchanged.
Similarly, there is some debate in the literature around the differing concepts of cultural safety and security. While I do not want to get bogged down in semantics, I think that the concepts of cultural safety and cultural security both add something to the way we think about addressing lateral violence. More often though cultural safety consists of small actions and gestures, usually not standardised as policy and procedure.
Cultural safety encapsulates the relationships that we need to foster in our communities, as well as the need for cultural renewal and revitalisation. Security: ‘I am going to write a note to Johnny’s family and ask the Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW) to deliver and explain it.
I was in tears as I read through this list, as I’m sure many grown daughters will be.
Mothers – bookmark this list of rules and encourage your daughter’s daddy to read them, memorize them, and put them in to action.