Inner Foundations of Cultural Safety

Expression of Interest


The term cultural safety is attributed to Maori nurse educator Irihapeti Ramsden who first published the term in her PhD dissertation. She was reluctant to define the term, recognising that the whole point of cultural safety was subjective and relational – a real live thing happening between people, not something you could define for someone else, or develop through checklists.


Most of the literature, both academic and everyday, either use the term interchangeably (and incorrectly) with terms such as cultural competence, and/or fail to articulate the inner psychological capabilities required for culturally safe practice, particularly on the part of the person from the dominant and/or higher ranked culture. It also often neglects cultures that are not ethnically/racially defined, such as cultures of class, gender and sexual orientation.


In this program, we bring together research, lived experience, and Process Work’s incredible framework for inner work, to articulate and facilitate the development of the Inner Foundations for Cultural Safety.

You’re invited to express your interest in the program to be in the first cohort of participants (running in the second half of 2022). There will be a limited number of places in the program and they will first be offered to those who’ve registered their interest.

There is no obligation to take up the place and no deposit required.

ANZPOP acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, Torres Strait Islander, and Maori peoples. We pay respect to their elders past, present and future. We give thanks for the wisdom of these peoples that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience and spirit of traditional peoples in the face of the devastating impact colonisation has had and continues to have on their culture, wellbeing, and sovereignty.