This topic will prepare the paramedic to make sensible, practical, and culturally safe decisions about their practice particularly as it relates to the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the individual across their lifespan. Specifically, it will enable the paramedic to adapt within their authorized scope of practice to meet the needs of different groups distinguished by cultural and socio-economic factors. Strong themes around cultural safety and cultural/social determinants as they apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will help build cultural competence by establishing the congruent behaviours and attitudes required of the paramedic to effectively deliver safe, accessible and responsive healthcare free of racism in cross-cultural situations. This will be achieved by reinforcing the ongoing need for critical reflection of health practitioner knowledge, skills, attitudes, practising behaviours and power differentials to establish culturally safe environments for both the practitioner and patient.
This topic aims to ensure paramedics display appropriate professional behaviour that: