Australia’s migration policy has provided opportunity for international nurses and midwives to live and work in NSW. Additionally NSW has many culturally and linguistically diverse nurses and midwives who were born and raised in Australia. These nurses and midwives contribute greatly in supporting our health system to provide culturally appropriate care and facilitate inclusion. Whilst there is a plethora of research in Australia examining best practice in relation to meeting cultural needs of patients and families, little knowledge exists about the experiences of nurses and midwives themselves.
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association surveyed its members on their experiences and found many nurses and midwives are working in environments that are culturally unsupportive highlighting concerning gaps in cultural competence within NSW health and aged care workplaces.