27 September 2017
The MoU collaboration under the RACS 2015 Action Plan: Building
Respect, Improving Patient Safety, represents a shared commitment
by the organisations to address discrimination, bullying and sexual
harassment in surgery and the health sector.
Dr Cathy Ferguson, Vice President of RACS said that it was vital
that medical colleges and hospitals worked together to create safe
training and work environments, free from discrimination, bullying
and sexual harassment.
"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 entire 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."
Epworth HealthCare Group Chief Executive, Dr Lachlan Henderson,
said the 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," Dr Henderson said.
"Epworth HealthCare prides itself as an Employer of Choice with
a diverse culture and work policies that support justice and equity
at all levels.
"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 Epworth
HealthCare 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 is committed to working with
health networks to implement system-wide changes that support
cultural change within the workforce.
Epworth is Victoria's largest not-for-profit private health care
group with hospitals in several locations in across Melbourne and
in Victoria. During the last decade we have expanded our patient
and staff numbers and offered more medical treatment and care than
we have in the 97 years that we have existed. We are now educating
the next generation of health professionals through our medical,
nursing and allied health education and training programs. By
partnering with key universities and TAFEs across Victoria, we are
able to deliver engaging programs supported by senior specialist
clinicians and clinical educators from across the group.
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