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Welcome to: Transcultural Nursing & Health Care Consulting

Transcultural Nursing -What is it?

Transcultural Nursing is based upon the premise that health is a universal right and that everyone should have the opportunity to access culturally meaningful and appropriate nursing and health care and social welfare services congruent with their cultural values and beliefs. The Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) upholds the rights of all people to culturally competent care.

The theoretical foundations of Transcultural nursing rest upon two major constructs Culture and Care; both are universal among all people. Research in the discipline seeks to acquire evidence-based knowledge of diversities and universalities in care.

Diversities in Care are evident in variations in cultural beliefs and values; and worldviews and social structural factors including education, religious beliefs, language, technology, ethno-historical and political factors, gender roles and kinship systems that impact upon health care practices and expectations. These phenomena may act as barriers to accessing or receiving appropriate care.

Cultural awareness, tolerance, respect, inclusiveness and health as a human right are essential domains in caring for people and are the values on which Transcultural nursing is based.

The International Council of Nurses (click ICN) Code of Ethics expresses fundamental tenets for nurses:

"Inherent in nursing is respect for human rights, including cultural rights, the right to life and choice, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age, color, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, politics, race or social status.

Nurses render health services to the individual, the family and the community and coordinate their services with those of related groups" (1953-2006).

The practice and values of Transcultural nursing and health care are entirely in keeping with the ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses. As a discipline Transcultural nursing focuses on the utilization of culturally informed practice/s that fit the culture-care values and beliefs of individuals, groups, families and communities to ensure that culturally meaningful, appropriate and competent health care is realized.

Our consulting services

Our consulting services are located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and led by Dr Akram Omeri, a Transcultural nursing and health care expert, consultant and scholar. Dr Omeri works in collaboration and consultation with Transcultural nursing and health care experts in Australia and overseas, and in countries such as the UK, NZ, Sweden, Spain, Iran, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America.

She holds the distinction of being the sole formally Certified (CTN-Advanced) Transcultural Nursing practitioner in Australia. Dr Omeri is recognized both nationally and internationally for her leadership and scholarship in the discipline of nursing and Transcultural nursing. She is also the recipient of a number of awards and distinctions in recognition of her commitment to Transcultural Nursing. (Link to CV)

What you need to know about Transcultural nursing and health care in your work:

As you browse through this website, ask yourself

  • What is it you wish to learn about Transcultural nursing and health care? Do you wish to learn about the history and philosophy of Transcultural nursing, theoretical tenets with goals/purpose and objectives, and the significance of knowledge of cultural values and beliefs informing nursing and health care practice/s?
  • What about teaching Transcultural nursing?
  • What does 'people in context' mean in transcultural nursing and health care practice/s and in Transcultural nursing and health care research?
  • What about Transcultural nursing and health care assessments?
  • What do you know about Transcultural concepts? How would knowledge of these concepts improve caring for clients who have culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds?
  • What about Transcultural nursing research; methods, selecting informants and ethical issues in researching people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds? How do you access migrant organizations, select informants and conduct interviews? How do you apply research findings in diverse and/or similar nursing and health care practices?

Our teaching is structured and/or in flexible mode to suit those who are unable to be away from the workplace for extended periods. We employ a range of teaching strategies such as short courses (1-3 days), workshops (1/2-1 full day), independent learning, problem-based learning and sharing expertise of other consultants.

Consultation can be accommodated within an organization and/or workplace in diverse contexts. Formal teaching in Transcultural nursing and consultancies in groups will be organized in a separate venue with groups of minimum 10 participants as advertised on our webpage.

All consultation services in the Website include are:  TCN Teaching, Research, Presentations, workshops, and TCN Leadership/or administration (Link to Guide to services).

Specific transcultural consultations are also available to nursing organizations, and government departments re workforce planning and the processes of recruitment and retention of overseas nurse graduates in Australia's diverse health care settings. (Link to program)

Continuing Professional Development

Upon completion of units of study and/or workshops, participants will receive an attendance certificate in Transcultural nursing & health care and hours spent will count towards the annual requirement of 20 hours continuing professional development (CPD) imposed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA).


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