Dalhousie IPHE Course

Overview

“Introduction to Cultural Safety in Healthcare for Indigenous People” is required for Dalhousie University medical, pharmacy, nursing, dental hygiene and dentistry students. The main aim of the course is to begin to address the TRC Calls to Action by engaging students to learn about the history of Indigenous People and policies that have impacted Indigenous Peoples health and health seeking behaviors.  This introductory course is intended to begin to prepare students for clinical practice through the teachings of historical events, treaties, landmark documents as well as anti-racism training, trauma-informed care approaches and cultural safety.

During the course, three Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada Calls to Actions are attended to:

  • The healthcare system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices (#22)
  • Cultural competency training for all healthcare professionals (#23)
  • Medical and nursing schools in Canada “to require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues” (#24)

For more information contact Dr. Margot Latimer at mlatimer@dal.ca.

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