Cultural Competency Policy
The training of trainees and specialists to enable them to be competent to function effectively and respectfully when treating and working with people of different cultural backgrounds.
To reduce the significant inequities in health that exist between different cultural populations in New Zealand. The New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health is responsible for supporting its trainees and specialists to further develop a culturally competent specialist workforce.
The Medical Council New Zealand define cultural competence as;
“Cultural competence requires an awareness of cultural diversity and the ability to function effectively, and respectfully, when working with and treating people of different cultural backgrounds” Cultural competence means a doctor has the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to achieve this.
The full Statement on Cultural Competence can be found at http://www.mcnz.org.nz/assets/News-and-Publications/Statements/Statement-oncultural-competence.pdf
The New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health recognises that a culturally competent Fellow needs to be able to:
Understand that cultural factors impact on health and illness including disease prevalence and response to treatment
Recognise and understand how a doctor’s own culture and belief system can influence their patient interactions
Appreciate there is a diverse range of ethnic and cultural differences within the New Zealand population
Appreciate that general cultural information may not apply to individual patients from that culture
Understand how to work with the patient’s cultural beliefs, values and practices to develop an appropriate management plan
Be prepared to ask a patient about their preferences
Be open to and engage in learning about cultures different from their own.
The NZCSRH Advanced Training Programme ensures trainees have access to significant training experiences in cultural competence and that evaluation of cultural competence is a specific component of the Advanced Training Programme by;
1) Ensuring advanced trainees complete the online Foundation Course in Cultural Competency https://members.mauriora.co.nz/course/foundation-course-in-cultural-competency-maori/
This online Foundation Course in Cultural Competency was developed specifically for the registered New Zealand health workforce and provides a basic understanding of cultural competency & health literacy in the New Zealand Health context.
2) Ensuring advanced trainees complete a Cultural Case Study – see curriculum documents
To ensure Fellows of The New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health meet Continuing Professional Development requirements NZCSRH will:
Identify resources and courses for trainees and specialists to improve their understanding of Tikanga Maori and Te Reo.
Identify resources and courses for trainees and specialists to improve their cultural competency.
Improve trainee understanding of the outcomes of care and causes of sexual and reproductive health inequity across different cultures.
Collaborate with employers and accredited training sites to ensure cultural competence is embedded in work sites and clinical practice.
The NZCSRH Recertification Program ensures Fellows have access to significant training in cultural competence and that evaluation of cultural competence is a specific component of their Continuing Professional Development;
For existing Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FPRH) Specialists within the first three years of becoming a Fellow of the NZCSRH the Fellow will complete either:
1) The online Foundation Course in Cultural Competency https://members.mauriora.co.nz/course/foundation-course-in-cultural-competency-maori/
2) CALD 1 Culture and Cultural Competency Course
NZCSRH acknowledges the role of the New Zealand Medical Council in providing resources to ensure their trainees and specialists practice culturally competent medicine.
Adams, Dr John. Building Cultural Competence: The Medical Councils Direction. BPJ 37 P.18-21
Any dispute in this regard will be referred to the Trust Board according to the Complaints Policy.
Policy Owner: Trust Board
Date: June 2020
Review Date: June 2023