22 November 2019
Release of Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity
E ngā rata, e ngā iwi, e ngā tauiwi o te motu, tenā tātou katoa,
The Medical Council, in partnership with Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA), is pleased to be releasing our Statement on cultural safety and He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway to Māori Health Equity. These important resources have been developed over several years, and are the result of an extensive literature review and expert guidance and advice from taumata, academics and medical professionals. They have been written in consultation with the profession and key stakeholders, and were also informed by extensive feedback through two national symposia on cultural safety and health equity. Thank you to the many who have contributed.
The Statement on cultural safety provides doctors and healthcare organisations with Council’s expectations of culturally safe practice and how this can be incorporated into clinical work and more broadly across healthcare services. It is a document with applicability across multiple cultural dimensions of Indigenous status, age or generation, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religious or spiritual belief and disability. It is a Statement applicable to all New Zealanders.
In Aotearoa / New Zealand, cultural safety is of particular importance in the attainment of equitable health outcomes for Māori. The associated resource He Ara Hauora Māori: A Pathway To Māori Health Equity provides more specific guidance on how doctors and healthcare organisations can support the achievement of best health outcomes for Māori and developing and supporting the Māori medical workforce.
We have also made available on our website a booklet which brings together presentations and whakaaro shared at the Cultural Competence, Partnership and Health Equity symposium jointly hosted by Council and Te ORA on 25 June 2019.
It is a professional obligation to deliver healthcare equitably to all. I trust these resources will provide you with a strong basis to achieve this most important of goals.
Noho ora mai tātou
Dr Curtis Walker
Medical Council of New Zealand