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RANZCO NRW 2022 Workshop: A Learning Circle on Cultural Safety

In acknowledgement of National Reconciliation Week 2022, RANZCO held ‘A learning circle on cultural safety’ workshop on Tuesday 31 May where RANZCO Fellows, trainees and staff, Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) staff, and others, were invited to an online conversation on cultural safety. Thank you to everyone who attended the RANZCO Cultural Safety Workshop, to Deadly Enterprises’ Shaun Tatipata for hosting, and to our fantastic speakers.

In this workshop we were grateful to have RANZCO Fellow A/Prof Kristopher Rallah-Baker speak on being an Aboriginal doctor and why community trust must be earned to achieve culturally safe patient outcomes. Dr Benjamin Host spoke on his experience as a RANZCO trainee in WA and his work with Lions Outback Vision. RANZCO Senior Manager Curriculum and Learning Design, Ellen Cooper, gave us a rundown of RANZCO’s Cultural Safety Curriculum, which provides resources to enhance the knowledge of Fellows and trainees on cultural safety. Access RANZCO’s latest cultural safety resource at

We also had AIDA Cultural Safety Coordinator Thomas Hodge speak on what cultural safety is and why it’s important in mentoring. A/Prof Ashish Agar discussed being culturally aware in outreach services, highlighting the use of a holistic approach in sustaining a culturally safe environment.

Finally, RANZCO Trainee Dr Hannah Wood, Torres Strait Islander, shared a personal story of seeing a lack of cultural safety and why understanding non-medical factors can improve patient outcomes.

Having a culturally safe environment for the communities we serve leads to improved patient journeys and overall health outcomes. We must continue to close the gap in health care.

See photos from the workshop via RANZCO’s Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn channels.

RANZCO Cultural Safety Workshop - NRW 2022

Last updated: June 2, 2022

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