May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

First online foundation course on cultural competency for health sector launched

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20120620-135205.jpgAssociate Health Minister Tariana Turia today released New Zealand’s first online foundation course on cultural competency designed specifically for health workforce professionals.

The free online training tool the Foundation Course in Cultural Competency provides a basic understanding of cultural competency and health literacy.

Mrs Turia said everyone in the regulated and non-regulated health workforces should have the ability and knowledge to understand health behaviours and how they are influenced by culture.

Our families and whanau are diverse, and it is critical that our health workforce has the necessary skills and knowledge to provide real support in culturally safe and appropriate ways.

Cultural competence training has been found to be effective in this regard, by providing health workers with resources that allow for updating their knowledge, skills and attitudes.

It makes sense that when people are given health information in a way they can understand, it helps them to make appropriate decisions about their own health and issues that may affect it. That sort of empowerment, leading to improved health outcomes, is a win-win for us all she said.

The multimedia, interactive Foundation Course in Cultural Competency is a voluntary programme, and has three modules. They provide an understanding of New Zealands culturally diverse population, with an in-depth emphasis on M?ori culture. The modules also focus on the importance of health literacy and how health professionals can make a difference to outcomes.

Each training module is supported by videos, video transcripts, additional reading resources and library references.

Mrs Turia said while both regulated and unregulated workforces have done work to build cultural competence, to date, there has been no national consistency in what this means,

The Foundation Course in Cultural Competency addresses that issue, while also providing a valuable free and voluntary resource out into the community.

  • How to access the Foundation Course in Cultural Competency
  • People interested in the training can inquire via
  • The cultural competency training tool will go live at 12pm Thursday 21 June
    Users require a broadband connection and a computer.
  • The training is free for the next twelve months.

If you have technical difficulties with the training, you can call a Help Desk number during working hours (09) 486-7148.


Media Contact: Kaapua Smith-Purkis 021 943 070


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