Going beyond: Learning from collective voices, informing safer spaces

Melinda Lewis, Caroline Robinson, Barbara Hill, Natalia Bilton, Kay Skinner, Simone O'Connor, Bruce Stenlake

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The purpose of this Podcast is to discuss and reinforce the increasing emphasis on the need for cultural safety, which has become increasingly evident amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. A critical reflection on the meaning of cultural safety is timely for all staff across the institution and particularly in the context of conversations, collaboration and relationships in online spaces.
Grounded in survey research from 101 health and social care academics across 15 disciplines in 2019, two of the emergent sub-themes highlight cultural safety issues: ‘institutional racism and a lack of institutional support’ and ‘the lack of a safe space for conversation’.
Non-Indigenous people who think they know best and impose their ideas on us about what is 'best' (survey participant anon.)
The data, themes and outcomes from this study, and the current situation globally, urge us all to (re)consider our prejudices and subjectivities by asking ourselves questions around unconscious bias and cultural safety. For example; What assumptions do I make about cultural safety? How do my personal values, beliefs, actions and behaviours affect or shape safety, and support mental health and wellbeing through times of crises? In what ways do these voices inform the manner in which we can plan to come out of Covid-19 and make for a more just society? Participants will be invited into a safe space to learn from diverse voices and shared experiences.
We aim to provoke further dialogue where all can share, learn and be heard in supportive environments. This may include more “Active listening. Asking not assuming” (survey participant anon.). The development of academics’ cultural capabilities is foundational to enabling the timely implementation of CSU’s Indigenous Australian Content in the Curriculum (IACC) policy and more broadly, assisting the institution in addressing the National Best Practice Framework for Indigenous Cultural Competency in Australian Universities, and the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020.


Conference2020 Charles Sturt EdX Learning and Teaching Conference
Abbreviated titleMaintaining wellbeing through uncertainty: building resilience
OtherWe have an exciting variety of sessions for you this year. The program for each day is available below in 2 formats:

i) Interactive Web Version – This link will open up the full program in a new browser tab, with all session details hyperlinked and all zoom meeting links available via the same interface.

ii) 3 separate printable, downloadable (.pdf) files for days 1, 2 and 3.
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