CATSINaM’s vision is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives play a pivotal and respected role in achieving health equality across Australia’s health system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.
Our purpose is to honour a holistic and culturally safe approach to achieve optimal health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.
Our core values encompass respect, confidentiality, accountability, honesty and fairness.
Our principles are:
We are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples before we are nurses and midwives.
We are first nation’s Peoples and intend to maintain our cultural heritage.
We recognise that we are on a lifelong journey with cultural obligations and commitments to our communities.
We challenge the western health model in which nurses and midwives live and work because it promotes separation, hierarchy and power struggles, and denies the emotional, social, spiritual and political aspects of health in our holistic way.
The philosophy that promotes all people as equal, or treated the same, denies difference and cultural identity.
Justice and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history is a requirement of reconciliation.
We are the experts in our own health and believe our experience and worldview challenges the established models of health. Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can learn and benefit from our experiences.
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives are forced to live a ‘double life’ between two worlds and cultures causing internal conflict. CATSINaM sees this as a continuation of the assimilation process and we support all measures to reverse or challenge this process.