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Cultural Safety, Health Disparity, and Health Inequity


There continues to be inequity in health care and outcomes for diverse populations in Australia and across the world. 

Communities that have social, cultural, commercial and environmental determinants influencing communicable and non-communicable disease rates often also have difficulty accessing culturally safe health care.

Emissions reductions are also essential to decrease the impact on the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens.

Compassionate, empowering and self-determined frameworks have the ability to support vulnerable populations to meet their own health aspirations. Digital literacy and resources are imperative to closing the gap in health outcomes. 

Our aim

With an increasingly culturally and geographically diverse ageing population, there is need to address these issues and support communities to develop and enhance strengths that enable improved health outcomes and improved overall wellbeing across the lifespan. Our research aims to: 

  • identify cultural, social, commercial and environmental determinants that impact health equity
  • develop and implement frameworks and strategies that empower communities to meet their own health aspirations
  • mitigate health care inequity in our communities.

Our researchers

Areas of inquiry

Food security, health literacy, cultural safety, Maori and Pasifika health, rural and remote health, emissions reduction, and telehealth and digital health.

Core research programs

  • Health Service Inequity
    • Communicable and non-communicable disease and health inequity
    • Technology (Telehealth) and equity
    • Social and cultural determinants and food system inequity
    • Social return on investment and social determinants
  • Cultural Safety and Healthcare
    • Cultural safety for nurses within the workplace
  • Environmental Impacts on Health
    • Nurses role in emissions reduction in health care
    • Workforce mobility and climate change
  • Maori and Pasifika research
    • Health and Type 2 Diabetes