Australia is increasingly recognised as a multicultural and diverse society. Nationally, all accrediting bodies for allied health, nursing, midwifery and medical professions require tertiary educated students to be culturally safe with regards to cultural and social diversity. This text, drawing on experts from a range of disciplines, including public health, nursing and sociology, shows how the theory and practice of cultural safety can inform effective health care practices with all kinds of diverse populations.

Part 1 explores key themes and concepts, including social determinants of health and cultural models of health and health care. There is a particular focus on how different models of health, including the biomedical and Indigenous perspectives, intersect in Australia today. Part 2 looks at culturally safe health care practice focusing on principles and practice as well as policy and advocacy. The authors consider the practices that can be most effective, including meaningful communication skills and cultural responsiveness. Part 3 examines the practice issues in working with diverse populations, including Indigenous Australians, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Australians, Australians with disabilities, Australians of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity, and ageing Australians. Part 4 combines all learnings from Parts 1–3 into practical learning activities, assessments and feedback for learners engaging with this textbook. 

Culture, Diversity and Health in Australia is a sensitive, richly nuanced and comprehensive guide to effective health practice in Australia today and is a key reference text for either undergraduate or postgraduate students studying health care. It will also be of interest to professional health care practitioners and policy administrators.

part Part I|51 pages

Understanding culture, diversity and health

chapter 1|12 pages

An introduction to culture, diversity and health in Australia

ByTinashe Dune, Kim McLeod, Robyn Williams

chapter 2|21 pages

The social and cultural determinants of health

ByRebecca E. Olson, Allyson Mutch, Lisa Fitzgerald, Sophie Hickey

chapter 3|16 pages

Cultural models of health and health care

ByAlexander Workman, Syeda Zakia Hossain, Pranee Liamputtong, Angelica Ojinnaka, Elias Mpofu

part Part II|59 pages

Culturally safe health care practice

chapter 4|18 pages

Principles of cultural safety

ByRobyn Williams, Tinashe Dune, Kim McLeod

chapter 5|19 pages

Policy and advocacy in culturally diverse health care

ByKeera Laccos-Barrett, Angela Brown

chapter 6|20 pages

Culturally safe health care practice

ByKim McLeod, Robyn Williams, Tinashe Dune

part Part III|144 pages

Working with diverse populations

chapter 7|30 pages

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

ByLiesa Clague, Janelle Trees, Rob Atkinson

chapter 8|15 pages

Culturally and linguistically diverse Australians

ByRocco Cavaleri, Virginia Mapedzahama, Rashmi Pithavadian, Rubab Firdaus, David Ayika, Amit Arora

chapter 9|15 pages

Religious diversity in Australia

ByDouglas Ezzy

chapter 10|23 pages

Australians with disabilities

ByEllen Fraser-Barbour, Natalie Hamam

chapter 11|15 pages

Gender and health

ByAlexander Workman, Rocco Cavaleri, Elias Mambo Machina, Stewart Alford, Tinashe Dune

chapter 12|19 pages

Australians of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities

ByCristyn Davies, Kerry H. Robinson, Atari Metcalf, Kimberley Ivory, Julie Mooney-Somers, Kane Race, S. Rachel Skinner

chapter 13|25 pages

Ageing Australians

ByGenevieve Z. Steiner, Emma S. George, Freya MacMillan, Kate A. McBride

part Part IV|30 pages

Culturally safe teaching and learning

chapter 14|28 pages

The future of culture, diversity and health in Australia

Culturally safe teaching and learning
ByTinashe Dune, Kim McLeod, Robyn Williams