Being culturally competent is not enough

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He Ako Hiringa
21 June 2021
Bulletin #4

Cultural competence vs safety – related, but different

Culturally safe practice engages patients, empowering them to be involved in decision-making and contribute to achieving positive, equitable health outcomes.3

Read the HAH Bulletin to find out more.


  1. Carter M, Potiki M, Haggie H, et al. Cultural safety within vocational medical training. Report of Te ORA and the Council of Medical Colleges. April 2021.
  2. Medical Council of New Zealand. Statement on Cultural Safety. October 2019.
  3. Curtis E, Jones R, Tipene-Leach D, et al. Why cultural safety rather than cultural competency is required to achieve health equity: a literature review and recommended definition. Int J Equity Health 2019;18:174.