In September 2014, CATSINaM invited nursing and midwifery peak bodies, universities, state/territory health departments and the Australian Government Department of Health to attend the first National Summit on Cultural Safety in Nursing and Midwifery to be held in Australia.

The CATSINaM ‘National Summit on Cultural Safety in Nursing and Midwifery’ was both a well attended and well received event. It has forged a stronger sense of commitment and momentum for the nursing and midwifery professions to make progress in valuing the importance of cultural safety as a core concept, and embedding it in professional principles, policies, structures and practices.
Summit participants paid tribute to CATSINaM’s leadership in promoting cultural safety and making the Summit possible. Further, participants reinforced the importance of CATSINaM maintaining leadership on cultural safety, although the work to improve the professions’ integration and implementation of cultural safety is a shared responsibility.

Key Findings:

  • The Summit resulted in a formal agreement to undertake a LINMEN Scoping Project as the next step in working toward the establishment of a LINMEN for the nursing and midwifery professions.
  • CATSINaM will liaise with ANMAC and the proposed representatives of the lead steering group for the LINMEN Scoping Project, and notify Summit participants, as well as the CATSINaM Membership, of progress with initiating the project. A copy of this report will also be distributed and made available on the CATSINaM website.
  • The task is to ensure that cultural safety is well known and understood across the breadth and diversity of the nursing and midwifery professions, and, most critically, these concepts and practices are fully implemented.
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