Cultural safety within the social work profession: Preparing social work students for practice
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AbstractThe continued disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples health and well-being means that social workers are increasingly required to practice with Australian Aboriginal peoples. Hence, if Aboriginal health outcomes are to improve, it is vital that social work students be adequately prepared for practice that is culturally safe. Culturally safe practice is a professional peak body standard, yet, little literature discusses the importance of educating social work students within the higher education system. This article argues that the obligation of student preparation falls on the higher education sector to ensure that students are knowledgeable in culturally safe practice, for the benefit of Aboriginal peoples and communities, and for social workers ethical and professional practice.