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Providing Culturally Safe Health Care for Indigenous Patients in Newfoundland and Labrador

Providing Culturally Safe Health Care for Indigenous Patients in Newfoundland and Labrador
This module, designed for practicing physicians and other healthcare professionals, aims to respond specifically to Call to Action 23.iii of the TRC report which states:

    We call upon all levels of government to:

    Provide cultural competency training for all healthcare professions (p.164)


In response to this Call to Action, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) approached the Office of Professional and Education Development (OPED) at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, to develop an online module for Indigenous cultural competency training for physicians and surgeons in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). The reality, albeit not widely recognized, that the residential school experience occurred in our own province as well as elsewhere in Canada underscores the need for such training (Procter, 2020).

OPED submitted a proposal to the CPSNL to develop a training module on providing culturally safe health care, for which the CPSNL provided an unrestricted educational grant. Upon receiving this grant, OPED immediately engaged with the Faculty of Medicine’s Aboriginal Health Initiative Advisory Board, including members of the various Indigenous communities in the province, for their feedback. Board members were very responsive to the proposal while at the same time seeking assurances that they would have ample opportunity to fully engage with the development process. To ensure this was the case, OPED established two committees to guide the process, providing input into the module content and verifying that the offering would meet the competency requirements of health care practitioners.

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Providing Culturally Safe Health Care for Indigenous Patients in Newfoundland and Labrador

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