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Cultural safety and maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Kruske, Sue, Kildea, Sue V. and Barclay, Lesley M. (2006). Cultural safety and maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Women and Birth,19(3):73-77.

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Title Cultural safety and maternity care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Author Kruske, Sue
Kildea, Sue V.
Barclay, Lesley M.
Journal Name Women and Birth
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 19
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1871-5192   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 73
End Page 77
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Purpose
To discuss cultural safety and critique the provision of culturally appropriate maternity services to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia.

Procedure
The literature and policies around ‘culture’ and ‘cultural safety’ are discussed and applied to the provision of maternity services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in remote areas of Australia.

Findings
The current provision of maternity services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, particularly those living in remote Australia, appears largely inadequate. The provision of culturally safe maternity care requires health system reform at all levels including: the individual practitioner response; the educational preparation of practitioners; the delivery of maternity services and the development of policy at local, state and national level. This paper considers the changes that can be made from the individual practitioner through to the design and implementation of maternity services.

Principal conclusions
Cultural safety provides a useful framework to improve the delivery of maternity services to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.

Keywords Cultural safety
Aboriginal and Torrres Strait Islander Australians
Maternity care
Midwives
Maternal Health Services
Maternal Welfare
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Policy
Quality of Health Care
Rural Health Services
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2006.07.001   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Preprint pages 1-14


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