Articles by Dr Mark Lock
Dr Mark J Lock - BSc (hons), MPH, PhD – is a descendent of the Ngiyampaa people (a tribe of Australia’s First Peoples), English and Scottish Convicts on the First Fleet (the Lucas Clan), Latvian immigrants, and Australian free colonists. His grandmother, Marjorie Woodrow, encouraged him to become educated and make changes for Australia’s First Peoples, as he wrote in an award-winning article for the Medical Journal of Australia’s Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Prize. In 2016, Mark founded Committix Pty Ltd, based on the importance of committees in the corporate governance of organisations and the value of engaging with employee voice for better knowledge gathering into organisational decision making processes. The company is based on a research career, focussed on the governance dimensions of public administration in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.
How to Embed Cultural Safety in Healthcare Governance
Cultural safety for Australia’s First Peoples (which includes the terms Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders, and Indigenous Australians) has emerged as a key principle to address for healthcare executives through organisational governance. However, there are no guidelines that Boards Directors can use to restructure their governance practices to become culturally safe. This article provides some cultural safety principles for Board Directors to consider when responding to the demands of legislators, accreditors, professional associations, and healthcare staff for healthcare governance to become culturally safe.