Health Workforce Development Interventions to Improve Cultural Competence

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


Improving the cultural competence of the health workforce is the original and still the most common cultural competence intervention strategy. The primary focus in research is on the effects of cultural competency training on health practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviour. Studies demonstrated improvements in measures of practitioner cultural competence. However, there are ongoing concerns about the strength and quality of the evidence base, and whether increased practitioner cultural competence improves healthcare and health outcomes. This chapter explores the intervention strategies, outcomes and measures utilised in cultural competence interventions targeting the health workforce.


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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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