• Crystal Jongen
  • Janya McCalman
  • Roxanne Bainbridge
  • Anton Clifford
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


Cultural competence is a multifaceted approach that aims to increase the capacity of health services to provide effective and quality care for socially and culturally diverse population groups. It is a complex concept and practice approach which has been variously defined. In this chapter, we discuss the historical development of cultural competence along with key themes in the definitions of cultural competence and understandings of what it encompasses. We then provide an overview of the purpose and objectives of this book, with a chapter summary to outline what is covered in the following chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Crystal Jongen
    • 1
  • Janya McCalman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roxanne Bainbridge
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anton Clifford
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research, School of Health, Medical and Applied SciencesCentral Queensland UniversityCairnsAustralia
  2. 2.The Cairns InstituteJames Cook UniversitySmithfieldAustralia
  3. 3.School of Public HealthThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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