If you are a BCCFP member and missed the first of our cultural safety and humility live webinars, you can catch up with a full recording of the webinar, available in the Learning Vault.
In this first session of the series, BCCFP’s Indigenous Physician Lead, Dr. Rebekah Eatmon and Dr. Elder Roberta Price (pictured above, L to R) spoke openly with attendees about the experience of Indigenous people in BC’s healthcare system, and ways for family physicians to practice culturally safe care.
“Being kind isn’t necessarily culturally safe,” said Dr. Eatmon, as she discussed the importance of self-reflection and learning to understand our own biases and blind spots. “There are many well-meaning physicians who are tolerant and non-discriminatory. But they are not necessarily culturally competent if they aren’t trained to recognize when their actions (or inactions) reinforce the status quo, privileging some and marginalizing others.”
Among the ways to enhance culturally safe care, Dr. Elder Roberta spoke of the importance of getting to know and engaging with our own local Indigenous communities, and ensuring that all aspects of the patients experience are considered. “Simple things, like a warm and authentic welcome at the front desk can go a long ways in building trust and safety with Indigenous patients,” she said.
Registration is now open for the second webinar in the series – Jan. 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm
In this session, Dr. Eatmon and Dr. Elder Roberta Price will be joined by a panel of speakers to reflect on the In Plain Sight report and discuss potential actions that family physicians can take to further integrate cultural safety and humility in their practice.
This Group Learning program has been certified by The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the BC Chapter for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit per webinar.