Glossary C

- Cultural Competence : Cultural Competence refers to the state of being capable of functioning in the context of cultural differences .

Cultural competence refers to a knowledge and appreciation of other cultural groups and the skills to be effective with members of these groups. Cultural competence also refers to health care provider’s understanding of patients’ cultural characteristics, values, and traditions. In order to be effective, a health care provider must possess cultural competence.

Cultural defense refers to a defense to a criminal charge in which the defendant's culture is taken into account in judging his or her culpability.

Cultural determinism is the theoretical concept that culture shapes individual experience.
Cultural deviance theories refer to theories positing that crime results from cultural values which permit, or even demand, behavior in violation of the law.

Cultural differences refer to distinctive features arising from a unified set of values , ideas, beliefs , and standards of behavior shared by a group of people

Cultural distance refers to the amount of perceived similarity/dissimilarity between two cultures

Cultural diversity refers to the wide range of cultural groups that make up the Australian population and Australian communities.