In this activity, staff examine the cultural competence continuum and identify situations in their own lives or Australia’s history that reflect the various levels of responsiveness. In doing so, they reflect on where they believe they are personally situated on a cultural responsiveness continuum and what further learning they could do.
Image and video: Bill Deans
*Note: While this tool is still called the ‘cultural competence continuum’ the term cultural responsiveness is preferred. ‘Cultural competence’ is only used when naming the continuum. This is because, the term cultural competence is considered controversial. It is static and places emphasis on teaching about ‘culture’ rather than a promoting continuous learning, unlearning, and re-learning journey. Cultural responsiveness is the preferred term as it reflects that this is an ongoing self-reflective learning journey.