Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework

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Professor Tom Calma AO joined Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, to launch ‘Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework’ on Thursday 6 August 2015 in Canberra.

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Why is the Framework needed?

Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework has been developed by IAHA in response to a need for practical strategies to build cultural safety using strengths-based and action-oriented approaches,” said IAHA Chairperson Ms Faye McMillan. “This capability framework provides guidance around what we need to know, be and do in order to be culturally responsive.”

The Framework offers a practical, action-based way forward for individuals, organisations and systems in order to improve their capability to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The key capabilities presented in this framework provide an opportunity for any person, regardless of their profession or position, to work towards being culturally responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Taking strengths based, action oriented approaches to achieving cultural safety are essential if we are serious about achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality. This is the essence of being culturally responsive,” said Professor Calma as he launched the Framework. “Underlying this framework is the goal of equitable access to affordable, available, acceptable and appropriate healthcare and improved life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

“We are committed to building and supporting a strong and resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and a culturally responsive wider workforce acting in partnership with individuals, families and communities,” said Ms McMillan. “We see this Framework as an important step as we continue to work together with our members, partners and stakeholders towards making a difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

IAHA_CR_IMAGE_BeingKnowingDoing01What’s in the Framework?

Covered within this comprehensive framework is:

  • What is culturally responsive health care?
  • Why do we need a culturally responsive health and wellbeing workforce?
  • An IAHA cultural responsiveness capability framework
  • Culturally responsive governance
  • IAHA supporting excellence in cultural responsiveness
  • Call to action

Key Capabilities

There are 6 key capabilities identified in the IAHA Framework that detail ways of knowing, being and doing to enhance your lifelong journey toward culturally responsiveness.

These capabilities are:

CR 6 capabilitites

  1. Respect for Centrality of Culture: Identifies and values cultures, both group and individual, as central to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, wellbeing and prosperity.
  2. Self-Awareness; Self-awareness in this context refers to continuous development of self-knowledge, including understanding personal beliefs, assumptions, values, perceptions, attitudes and expectations, and how they impact relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.
  3. Proactivity: The ability to anticipate issues and initiate change that creates the best possible outcomes. It involves acting in advance of a possible situation, rather than reacting or adjusting.
  4. Inclusive Engagement: Provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with opportunities to participate by reducing barriers, and engaging in meaningful and supportive ways.
  5. Leadership: Inspires others and influences change in contributing to the transformation of the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.
  6. Responsibility and Accountability: The process of owning our role and monitoring progress in addressing inequities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians

If you would like to be sent a pdf copy of the Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework, please fill in the online enquiry form below or email admin@iaha.com.au or for further information please contact IAHA on 02 6285 1010.