Cultural support

The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act (2003) requires all health practitioners to demonstrate cultural competence when caring for patients.

The cultural support site provides a variety of information to support the on-going development of cultural practice for health professionals, from different cultural backgrounds, working in the Waikato DHB region.

Cultural support for Māori health practitioners provides mechanisms to assist them to develop their clinical and cultural practice as Māori health practitioners through their training and enhance the likelihood of Māori successfully completing post graduate papers and first year of practice programmes. This will be achieved through kaupapa Māori principles of:

  • Te Ao Māori – Māori worldview
  • Matauranga Māori – Māori knowledge
  • Mohiotanga – Māori experiential learning
  • Pukenga – being skilled in, or having a repository of specific skills
  • Te Whiriwhiritanga – weaving together the strands

Cultural support for Pacifica health practitioners provides opportunities to assist them to develop their clinical and cultural practice as Pacifica health practitioners through their training and enhance the likelihood of Pacifica successfully completing post graduate papers and first year of practice programmes. This will be achieved by utilising culturally appropriate principles.

Cultural support for health practitioners from other cultural backgrounds will be through the provision of information, literature and links to enable health practitioners to develop their cultural practice to meet their obligations to Māori patients and whānau under the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and meet the cultural needs of other patients.

Contact

Chris Baker
Nurse Co-ordinator Cultural Support
Nursing and Midwifery Professional Development Unit
Email: christine.baker@waikatodhb.health.nz
Mobile: 021 549843