The unelected Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (the Board) has just released a new Code of Conduct (Code) with little or no consultation with any real 'practising' nurses and midwives.
This new Code which is supposed to regulate the professional clinical efficacy of all Australian nurses and midwives, now also regulates their cultural and racial sensitivities. "Cultural Safety" is now regarded in the new Code of Conduct as being equally important to the patient as "Clinical Safety". There is however no objective assessment of what constitutes "cultural safety". Even worse, the sole determinant of whether a nurse or midwife delivered their clinical care in a "culturally safe" manner is the patient.
The direct consequence of this is that if your patient thinks or believes you are culturally or racially insensitive when delivering clinical care, and lodges a complaint about you to AHPRA, then you will lose your registration and your right to practice. There is no defence allowed.