Working cross culturally in maternal and child health: walking the walk, not just talking the talk

Wednesday 31st July, 8:30am – 1pm


  • LEAP Team: Dr Kath Benfer, Ms Carly Luke, Ms Leeann Mick-Ramsamy, Ms Jesse-Lee Richards, Ms Martika Takken, Ms Ellena Oakes
  • Strong Families Cohort: A/Prof Kym Rae, Ms Davina Smith, Prof Sandra Eades
  • ENVISAGE First Peoples Team: Prof Laura Miller, Ms Rebecca Tamaariki, Prof Christine Imms
  • A/Prof Sue Wolfenden

This workshop draws on the experiences of teams with extensive experience in First Nations and refugee/ migrant maternal and child health programs, from both service-delivery and research perspectives. A panel discussion will elucidate a toolkit for competent cross-cultural practice, including use of engaging words and effective communication, the role of culture in health beliefs and decision-making, exploring clinician attitudes and assumptions, considerations for culturally responsive models of care, and ensuring cultural safety.