Nurses must announce their ‘white privilege’ before treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Nurses must announce their ‘white privilege’ before treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, by April Glover.

Australian nurses and midwives are being forced to announce their ‘white privilege’ before treating Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander patients — a move which has been slammed as ‘racist to its core’.

The term ‘white privilege’ defines the unearned social and cultural advantages awarded to people with white skin which are not enjoyed by people of colour or non-white backgrounds.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board believes the cultural safety of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander patients is just as important as their clinical safety. …

The Board describes the move as ‘a decolonising model of ­practice based on dialogue, communication, power sharing and negotiation, and the acknowledgment of white privilege’.

The inclusion of ‘white privilege’ in the code of conduct was first exposed by Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives. Senator Bernardi heavily criticised the move, labelling it as ‘another virtue signal’ and ‘nonsensical’. …

Graeme Haycroft, spokesperson for the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland, (NPAQ) told Sky News the addition to the code of conduct could have serious consequences for nurses and is simply ‘racist’.

Taki Theodoracopulos:

We fail to see the privilege in being forced to apologize for either your success or your very existence. Can someone explain this to us?