committee recommends that all parties with responsibility for addressing
bullying and harassment in the medical profession, including governments,
hospitals, speciality colleges and universities:
- acknowledge that bullying and
harassment remains prevalent within the profession, to the detriment of
individual practitioners and patients alike;
- recognise that working together and
addressing these issues in a collaborative way is the only solution; and
- commit to ongoing and sustained action
and resources to eliminate these behaviours.
committee recommends that all universities adopt a curriculum that incorporates
compulsory education on bullying and harassment.
committee recommends that all universities accept responsibility for their
students while they are on placement and further adopt a procedure for dealing
with complaints of bullying and harassment made by their students while on
placement. This procedure should be clearly defined and a written copy provided
to students prior to their placement commencing.
committee recommends that all hospitals review their codes of conduct to ensure
that they contain a provision that specifically states that bullying and
harassment in the workplace is strictly not tolerated towards hospital staff,
students and volunteers.
committee recommends that all specialist training colleges publicly release an
annual report detailing how many complaints of bullying and harassment their
members and trainees have been subject to and how many sanctions the college
has imposed as a result of those complaints.
committee recommends that a new inquiry be established with terms of reference
to address the following matters:
- the implementation of the current
complaints system under the National Law, including role of AHPRA and the
- whether the existing regulatory
framework, established by the National Law, contains adequate provision for
addressing medical complaints;
- the roles of AHPRA, the National
Boards and professional organisations – such as the various Colleges – in
addressing concerns within the medical profession with the complaints process;
- the adequacy of the relationships
between those bodies responsible for handling complaints;
- whether amendments to the National Law
in relation to the complaints handling process are required; and
- other improvements that could assist
in a fairer, quicker and more effective medical complaints process.
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