The Cultural Respect Framework 2016-2026 defines cultural respect as: “Recognition, protection and continued advancement of the inherent rights, cultures and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.” The framework provides a set of cultural respect indicators for health services when working in partnership. The CBPATSISP has developed an Indigenous Governance guide which suggests that a culturally respectful partnership supports and works to the leadership and direction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governing bodies.
The Cultural Respect Framework aims to provide the Australian public health sector with strategies for culturally respectful services (Australian Department of consists of six domains and focus areas that are the foundation of culturally respectful service delivery with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies (Dudgeon et al. 2018; link to Indigenous Governance Guide). The six domains and focus areas are:
1. Whole of organisation approach and commitment;
3. Workforce development and training;
4. Consumer participation and engagement;
5. Stakeholder partnership and collaboration, and
6. Data, planning research and evaluation.
The primary audience for the CRF is the Australian public health system. This framework should be used in the government health sector, health departments and hospital and primary health care settings to guide strategies to improve culturally respectful services. Where your work interacts with health service delivery and design, the CRF should be used as a reference to ensure that the health system is accessible, respectful, and safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.