What a culturally safe workplace looks like
Cultural safety demands actions that recognise, respect and nurture the unique cultural identity of a person and safely meets their needs, expectations and rights.
It means working from the cultural perspective of the other person, not from your own perspective.
Characteristics that indicate a culturally safe workplace include:
- clear, value-free, open and respectful communication
- trust between workers with all contributions valued
- stereotypical barriers recognised and avoided
- everyone is engaged in a two-way dialogue where knowledge is shared.
A culturally safe business for Aboriginal people will be able to state:
- our organisation is culturally safe for workers and community
- we are well connected to our local Aboriginal community
- we respond to the identified needs of Aboriginal people
- we are accessible to Aboriginal people and communities
- we work in a culturally safe and appropriate manner.