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Cultural Awareness and Cultural Safety are part of a continuum in better understanding cultural differences and overcoming potential cultural power imbalances. Cultural safety represents a shift from providing care, regardless of difference, to care that takes account of people’s unique experience and cultural context. Participants will gain a greater understanding around elements of cultural awareness and cultural safety from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective including:
Acting Chair of ATSIAAG
Mark Elliott is a Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal man whose family are the Trevorrow’s from the Coorong area of South Australia. Mark was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) since its inception until it wound up in 2015/16 and continues to have a passion for working in the area of dementia. Mark is currently acting Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) which is supported by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). Mark was awarded Honorary Life membership in 2018 in recognition of his leadership as the inaugural Aboriginal Chair of ATSIAAG. Mark works as a Regional Client Services Coordinator with Aboriginal Community Services assisting Elders to live well at home.