What you can do
Cultural change relies on leadership from surgeons who are personally committed to building respect and improving patient safety in surgery. Surgical education is also critical. RACS provides a range of programs to increase understanding and awareness of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment and give Fellows, Trainees and SIMGs the skills they need to do something about it. Respect is at the heart of professionalism and is central to being a good surgeon.
What we are doing
We are in the sixth year of long term campaign to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery. There are three areas of focus for this work: cultural change and leadership; improving surgical education; and strengthening complaints management. We are implementing more than 20 projects outlined in our Action Plan and coordinating our efforts through our campaign, Let's Operate With Respect.
What we have done
We are proud of what we have done so far and have a clear focus on the work ahead. Read more in this section about the highlights of our actions to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery. We understand that cultural change takes time and are committed to providing support to our Fellows, Trainees and SIMGs over the long term. Also in this section is more information about the work of the Expert Advisory Group in 2015, which provided the impetus and the framework for our continuing efforts.
Information and updates
RACS has developed a range of information and resources about discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.