Integrate cultural safety into pharmacy education


The Australian Pharmacy Council is hosting a series of podcasts, webinars and events on the transformational changes needed to integrate cultural safety into pharmacy training and assessments.

National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Trent Twomey, will be a guest speaker at one of the webinars, titled What Do We Do? to be held on October 28, with registration via

Podcasts, webinars and events follow the publication of APC’s literature review: “Approaches to Implementing Cultural Safety in the Training and Education of Health Care Professionals in Canada, Australia , New Zealand and the United States of America ”.

The exam was based on the recognition that Australian pharmacy students must demonstrate awareness and sensitivity towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and promote and uphold cultural safety, respect and responsiveness.

Upon graduation, students are expected to be committed to improving the health and well-being of First Nations peoples and be able to practice in a culturally safe, sensitive and responsive manner.

To advance this, the APC series of events draws on stories, interviews, presentations and panel discussions to discuss the integration of cultural safety into education, training and practice. pharmacists.

It is divided into four conversations.

  • Conversation 1: Who are we here for (podcast)?
  • Conversation 2: What do we know (webinar)?
  • Conversation 3: What are we doing (webinar)?
  • Conversation 4: Where Do We Go From Here (webinar)?

APC says that one of the drivers of this work is that many factors have contributed to the inequalities and disparities experienced by First Nations peoples for many years.

“… and a number of strategic, targeted and integrated approaches are needed to address and correct their causes and effects. A key strategy is the creation of culturally competent, safe and responsive health workers, and institutions responsible for training health professionals therefore have a central role in this regard.

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