Statement on Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Advisory Working Group report
RANZCOG is now developing an action plan to guide future work to help hospitals provide safe and respectful workplaces.
Any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination is unacceptable, and poses a risk to employee and patient health and safety.
RANZCOG is concerned that so many of our members and trainees have reported gender bias, discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace. We regret that this has occurred and are sorry for any adverse impact it may have had on their lives. All our members and trainees deserve to work and train in a safe environment.
The independent Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination (BHD) Advisory Working Group report, which we have published today, commits us to action to help build respectful work environments.”
RANZCOG is grateful to all members and trainees who made time to share their stories of unacceptable behaviour in workplaces across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The telling of their stories cannot have been easy.
We thank the members of the Working Group for their work and accept the Working Group’s report in its entirety. In order to do justice to the report, the Board will carefully consider and respond to its recommendations.
While the Working Group’s report found there is a strong appetite for cultural change, acknowledging RANZCOG’s current work and initiatives involving training site accreditation, trainee support, education, complaint handling, equity and diversity, advocacy and wellbeing activities, there is more to do.
We recognise that cultural change takes time and requires a sustained commitment. RANZCOG is now developing an action plan to guide future work to help hospitals provide safe and respectful workplaces.
We are in this for the long haul and look forward to working with our members, trainees and other stakeholders to help reinforce a culture of respect, in which we can all practise safely and provide the best care to our patients.
Dr Benjamin Bopp
Chief Executive Officer