The ‘deconstruction exercise’ aims to give non-Indigenous health profession students the ability to recognise language that is imbued with power imbalance, so as to avoid the perpetuation of racialised ways of interacting with Indigenous peoples in the health system.

Informed by Ngarrindjeri and Malak Malak perspectives, this is a measured anti–racism strategy, one able to address unexamined, racist language in a manner that avoids the emotive or combative nature of unstructured discussions around the impacts of racism.