Operating with Respect course


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What will I learn?

The Operating with Respect (OWR) course provides advanced training in recognising, managing and preventing discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

The aim of this course is to equip surgeons with the ability to self-regulate behaviour in the workplace and to moderate the behaviour of colleagues, in order to build respect and strengthen patient safety.

The course follows the release of the RACS Action Plan on Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Practice of Surgery.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Appraise why a culture of respect matters
  • Evaluate behaviours that support respectful environments
  • Recognise the importance of resilience in maintaining respectful interactions
  • Practise how to address unacceptable behaviours

Mandatory for:

The OWR course is mandatory for the following groups who are required to complete the OWR course by 30 June 2019:

  • SET supervisors
  • IMG supervisors
  • Research supervisors
  • The following RACS committees:
    • Council
    • Advocacy Board
    • Education Board
    • Board of Surgical Education and Training
    • Specialty Training Boards
    • Clinical Committee
    • Regional Committees
    • New Zealand National Board
    • Professional Development and Standards Board
    • Prevocational and Skills Education Committee
    • Court of Examiners Executive

The course is also available to Fellows and IMGs. A priority access period is provided to Fellows with mandatory completion requirements.


One day course: 8.15am - 4.00pm

Participants will engage with course content through facilitated discussions, small group activities and role-play. Participants are required to complete the Operating with Respect eLearning module prior to their attendance at course.

For an outline of the course, please view the OWR course program. (PDF 103KB)

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Schedule and fees


No enrolment fee

Travel and accommodation

Participants registered to attend an Operating with Respect (OWR) course are not eligible for travel and accommodation reimbursement.

Course schedule

The OWR course is scheduled to be run in various locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Please review the course schedule to identify your preferred course:

2019 OWR course schedule (PDF 244KB)

2019 courses running soon with places available

Enrol today in one of the following OWR courses:

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Operating with Respect Program Administrator
Skills Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7486
Facsimile: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: owr@surgeons.org