Moving beyond borders with the Culturally Responsive Teamwork Framework (CRTF)

Suzanne Hopf (Presenter), Kate Crowe, Sarah Verdon (Presenter), Helen Blake, Sharynne McLeod

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Background: Capitalising on the strengths of the cultural profiles within our workplace teams is critical to the success of our therapeutic relationships and client outcomes. Similarities and differences in our clients’ beliefs, attitudes and cultural affiliations, and whether they are in harmony with our own and those of our colleagues, can implicitly or explicitly direct the success of the interactions in our teams. Consequently, as practitioners we need culturally responsive strategies to critically reflect on teamwork and respectfully challenge the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour within our teams.
Aim: To develop a framework for critically reflecting on culturally responsive teamwork.
Method: This three-stage translational research involved (1) reviewing literature of culturally responsive practice and interprofessional collaboration, (2) thematic analysis of individual, team, and organizational behaviours that influence inter-cultural teamwork, and (3) critical reflection by researchers with cross-cultural experience and research across six continents.
Results: The Culturally Responsive Teamwork Framework (CRTF) is a practical workplace tool that describes four key areas for critically reflecting on practices that are: (1) intra-personal, (2) inter-personal, (3) intra-professional, and (4) inter-professional. Opportunities and strategies for enacting each of these four aspects of the framework are presented.
Conclusion: The CRTF is a tool for clinicians to promote principles of evidence-based practice and social justice. The CRTF may be used by clinicians to promote culturally responsive individual and teamwork practices in the workplace and to challenge discriminatory behaviour.


ConferenceSpeech Pathology Australia National Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleBeyond borders
OtherIf nothing else, recent events have demonstrated the ingenuity and resolve required to provide quality speech pathology services. Specifically, challenging and changed times has reminded us to stretch and reach beyond our perceived borders to achieve excellence with our practice, research, information dissemination and client and family engagement. It has also reaffirmed that speech pathologists’ reach and impact is far and wide. Thus, we invite speech pathologists to join us in Melbourne in 2022 to share and discuss how we have gone Beyond Borders with regards to clientele, research, information dissemination.

As always, the program will include keynote speakers, leaders at the forefront of Speech Pathology: Professor Gail Gillon, Dr Joanne (Jo) Watson and our Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award Recipient, Professor Miranda Rose.

We anticipate a great attendance as we return to our in-person conference, providing our members the much-needed opportunity to network with leaders, make new contacts and build those important relationships which we have all missed.
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