The contentious new code telling nurses to say,"sorry" for being white when treating indigenous patients has even been slammed by nurses themselves.
The controversial change to the code, which came into effect on the first of March, was brought to public attention in January this year by Australian Conservatives' leader Cory Bernardi.
Channel 7's Today Tonight reports, this is the latest in a string of politically correct changes for the health industry. But this one has lead to calls for the nursing board boss to resign and even some aboriginal leaders have described it as potentially damaging.
Senator Bernardi said, "What we've got is a bunch of do-gooders, who think that this is actually going to help people where in reality it's only dividing society."
"It only takes a single complain from a patient to say, 'you didn't acknowledge your white privilege, I felt culturally under threat or subsumed by you,' and the nurse can find themselves hauled before the tribunal and subject to a code of conduct complaint."
Graeme Haycroft, from the Nurses professional Association of Queensland said,"Nurses are very caring people. They're always respectful, it's in there genes. This is the thing that's so outrageous because the fundamental presumption of this code is that nurses are currently racist. This is introducing a form of apartheid into the health system."
Senator Bernardi said, "They're trying to install this concept that everything Western is terrible and everything indigenous is fantastic. Everyone has equal opportunity in this country. You can get an education, you can work very hard. If you're going to say there's white privilege in a nurse and a midwife
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