'Racist to its core': New nurses' code

March 22, 2018

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'.

Australian Conservatives founder and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi first exposed the inclusion of 'white privilege' in the code of conduct, which came into effect on the first of March, last January.

The Daily Mail reports 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.

But 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'.

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'.

Mr Haycroft said a large percentage of NPAQ members were opposed to the new rule.

'They have said "this is wrong, do something about it",' Mr Haycroft told host Peta Credlin.

Senator Bernardi heavily criticised the move, labelling it as 'another virtue signal' and 'nonsensical'.

'This is just another example of where PC and this identity politics has captured the professional class or the political class,' he told 2GB.

To watch the Sky News interview with Graeme Haycroft, click here.

To hear Senator Bernardi's interview on the subject with 2GB's Ben Fordham, click the box below:

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