Cultural safety is about so much than embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Māori culture in a health service; it is also about the responsibility of non-Indigenous people and systems to recognise and address racism, bias and privilege.

This was the resounding message from a session at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s recent annual scientific meeting in Hobart, where a panel of Indigenous health care workers from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand shared their lived experiences of institutional racism and urged colleagues to do better, by each other and for their patients.