What is this article about?
Culture is fundamental to how we live our lives. It informs our way of life and is based on customs, beliefs, language and experiences shared with others. Cultural awareness involves being mindful of the similarities and differences between cultures, and using this to inform your care of and communication with members of different cultural groups. When caring for clients, it is essential to act in a way that recognises, respects and nurtures their identity, while ensuring you meet their needs, expectations and rights. Instead of working from your own perspective, it is important to consider the cultural perspective of the person you are caring for.