RANZCOG commits to continuing to build respect in workplaces

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has reaffirmed its pledge to ensuring that obstetrics and gynaecology is practised in a respectful and inclusive environment, by committing to an action plan that will help enact meaningful culture change across workplaces.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

3 July 2023

In February 2022, RANZCOG published a comprehensive external review of workplace culture that found unacceptable behaviour in workplaces across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

“Any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination is unacceptable, and poses a risk to employee and patient health and safety. All our members and trainees deserve to work and train in a safe environment. Again, we regret that this behaviour has occurred and are sorry for any adverse impact it may have had on their lives,” RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp said.

“This action plan has been developed following widespread consultation with members, trainees and other stakeholders.”

We believe the initiatives in the plan will help build and reinforce a culture of respect, in which we can all practise safely and provide the best care to our patients.”

The Action Plan includes measures such as:

  • creating and delivering education on bullying, harassment and discrimination
  • reviewing structural support for trainees returning to training from extended leave
  • appointing an independent reviewer for RANZCOG complaints
  • publishing our complaint statistics in annual progress updates
  • collecting more equity and diversity data and acting on any identified under-representation.

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