On Providing Culturally Safe and Trauma-Informed Care
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Providing culturally safe and trauma-informed care that is free of systemic bias and racism for all people is a requirement if we are committed to supporting quality of life for patients/families in our care. Using the Ontario (Ontario Palliative Care Network, 2019) palliative care competencies that specifically address the needs of Indigenous people, (anyone identifying as First Nations, Inuit, Metis and urban Indigenous people) this session will explore strategies for preparing for and providing care for Indigenous people that is culturally safe, free of systemic bias and racism, and includes a trauma-informed approach. Application for other marginalized people such as immigrant, LGBTQ2S+ and vulnerably housed people will be discussed. Strategies for teaching HCAs to meet these competencies will be discussed, using the Life and Death Matters resources as examples.
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Participants will be able to: 1) Reflect on the need for providing culturally safe and trauma-informed care that is free of systemic bias and racism for all people.
2) Discuss strategies for providing culturally safe and trauma-informed care that is free of systemic bias and racism within the context of three competencies for Indigenous people from the Ontario palliative care competencies.
3) Identify three strategies for teaching HCAs to prepare for providing care for Indigenous people in acute care, long term care, and in their home community.
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