Irihapeti Ramsden

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:453

Nurse who campaigned for the specific healthcare needs of indigenous peoples to be addressed

Irihapeti Ramsden is perhaps best known in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally for the development of cultural safety–an educational framework for the analysis of power relationships between health professionals and those they serve. She consistently argued for the need to address the ongoing impact of historical, social, and political processes on Maori health disparities. Her ideas were both challenging and threatening to many pakeha (European) New Zealanders who were, and …

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