15 December 2016
The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a
Letter of Agreement that confirms a collaborative approach toward
building respect in the medical workplace and eliminating
discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH).
RACS President Philip Truskett said research has shown that bad
behaviour has a negative impact on the whole team and not just the
people at which it's directed. This agreement is an important step
towards improving patient safety and work environments.
"It is a shared commitment to providing high quality training
and a safe shared working environment to our respective Trainees,
Fellows and International Medical Graduates," Mr Truskett said.
ANZCA President Professor David A Scott said that the Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons was to be commended for the
leadership they have shown in taking significant steps to address
this very important issue.
"Anaesthetists and surgeons work closely together on a daily
basis. A collaborative approach is the most effective way to
improve workplace behaviours and make workplaces appropriately
"This commitment is underpinned by our collective objectives of
advancing training, education, research and professional standards
in our respective specialties, and our sharing of resources and
educational opportunities is a major step forward in making our
workplaces safer for all," Professor Scott said.
The Letter of Agreement confirms that both parties agree to:
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- Mutually support each other in activities that promote respect
and counter DBSH
- Share information and resources regarding the education and
training available in relation to DBSH
- Enable use of educational resources developed by either college
on a case-by-case basis
- Collaborate on the development of programs and processes to
deal with DBSH in the health sector
- Maintain a code of conduct with an associated framework and
- Foster greater diversity within each other's specialty and
share relevant information
- Work together to provide training, assessment, feedback and
support to Trainees and IMGs that is free of DBSH.