Ensuring that the NZSTA is a culturally safe organisation that upholds the Treaty of Waitangi is bigger than one person, it will require generations of people. Working on this premise, He Kete Whanaungatanga was established in March 2015, to support the Māori and Cultural Development portfolio and work towards ongoing cultural responsiveness within the NZSTA.
He Kete Whanaungatanga is founded on biculturalism and operationalising the Treaty of Waitangi. Therefore, the group includes Māori and tauiwi [non-Māori] speech-language therapists (SLTs) working together. We acknowledge that kaumātua should be an integral part of this group and are networking to find the right person or people to support us.
Group members (September 2018) are:
Adele Siave, Chrissy Douglas, Ellen Faithfull, Fiona Dominick, Gwen Kerrison, Karen Brewer, Kate Cook, Katrina Aitken, Marie Jardine, Nicky-Marie Hitaua, Frenee Taylor, Ruth Pologa and Waimirirangi Andrews
Foundation Course in CULTURAL COMPETENCY (MAORI)
Cultural Competence, as understood in health care, is the ability for Health Professionals to recognise and understand how factors such as individual values, beliefs, and behaviours impact our interactions with others. Cultural Competence encourages Health Professionals to explore and understand their own worldview so that they may develop positive attitudes towards cultural differences and practices.
This online course in Cultural Competency has been designed to provide foundation skills in developing cultural competency, specific to Aotearoa, New Zealand.