3 July 2017
Alfred Health today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at
building respect and improving patient safety in surgery.
The MoU collaboration under the RACS 2015 Action Plan: Building
Respect, Improving Patient Safety, is the third such agreement
signed in Victoria and represents a shared commitment by the
organisations to address discrimination, bullying and sexual
harassment in surgery and the health sector.
Dr John Batten, President of RACS said that it was essential
that organisations worked together to create safe training and work
environments, free from discrimination, bullying and sexual
"In the past, bullying has been a real problem in surgery and in
the heath sector as a whole. It is essential, not only for the
well-being of our workforce but for the well-being of our patients
too, that we work together to build a culture of respect where all
healthcare professionals can realise their full potential free from
discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment."
Alfred Health CEO, Prof Andrew Way, said the Alfred Health
Board, hospital administration and staff are committed to providing
a safe and supportive workplace.
"We're pleased to partner with the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons on this important issue," Prof Way said.
"At Alfred Health, we are known and valued for our high-quality
work and the care we give to our patients.
"We know that staff welfare and quality patient care go
hand-in-hand. Providing a safe and supportive workplace not only
benefits our staff, but also improves patient outcomes."
Specific initiatives in the
MoU signed between Alfred Health and RACS include:
- Sharing information and resources between the two organisations
for education and training.
- Supporting greater diversity within the surgical
- Working together to ensure that surgeons and trainees are able
to undertake training and education in relation to discrimination,
bullying and sexual harassment.
- Sharing information about on how complaints relating to
unacceptable behaviour are managed.
In May 2016, RACS launched Let's Operate with Respect - a
campaign to help deal effectively with discrimination, bullying and
sexual harassment in surgery. RACS has also published a dedicated
new section of its website, About Respect.
Alfred Health is a leading metropolitan health
service, caring for local communities in southern and Bayside
Melbourne as well as for the broader Victorian community through
its three hospital campuses and numerous clinics and
community-based services. It offers the most comprehensive range of
specialist medical and surgical services in Victoria, with 13
statewide services and one national service.
Alfred Health provides almost every form of
medical treatment across its three hospital campuses, including at
The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital.
It also shares important research and development
links with the Baker ID, the Burnet Institute and Monash
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