n South African Medical Journal - Cultural safety and family medicine in Africa : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



It took 3 continents and 11 years post-qualification for me to realise that Western medicine's approach to improving health care in Africa may be flawed. The realisation occurred as a result of reading Belfrage's experiences of working within the Aborigine community in (Australia's vast inhabited interior) and seeing how, as a doctor of European descent, she and her culture, and the local Aborigines () and their culture, perceived the world in fundamentally different ways.

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