Putting Indigenous cultural training into nursing practice

Rosie Downing, E Kowal

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    The provision of Indigenous cultural training for non-Indigenous health workers has been widely promoted as a method of improving health service provision to close the gap in Indigenous health. However, in the absence of strong evidence, the power of Indigenous cultural training to meaningfully contribute to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remains questionable. This research explored how six hospital-based nurses consider the role of Indigenous cultural training and the impact it has had on their practice through individual semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis revealed the significance of individual professionals' attitudes in determining the impact of Indigenous cultural training, as well as the need for institutional support to assist in translating Indigenous cultural training into practice. Utilising post-colonial theory, two key findings emerge. First, the way in which Indigenous cultural training conceptualises 'identity' and 'culture' is critical to its ultimate outcomes. Second, deficits in institutional support limit the efficacy of Indigenous cultural training by placing the onus for institutional change on the shoulders of individual health workers. � 1992-2011 eContent Management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-20
    Number of pages11
    JournalContemporary Nurse
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


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