13 December 2016
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at building respect
and improving patient safety in surgery will be signed
between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the
Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) in
Wagga Wagga tomorrow Wednesday 14 December.
The agreement, a collaboration under the RACS 2015 Action Plan:
Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety, commits
both organisations to a shared vision of providing high quality
training, education and experience in the practice of
MLHD has a shared interest with RACS to deal with issues of
discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment (DBSH) to ensure a
safe learning and working environment. RACS and MLHD will work
together in addressing these issues.
RACS Vice President Spencer Beasley said the College strongly
supported MLHD's efforts.
"RACS and MLHD are firm believers in the rights of all
healthcare professionals to a safe training and work environment
where they can realise their full potential," Professor Beasley
"We know that if we can improve the culture of medicine, and
surgery in particular, we can expect better patient
outcomes. This is a powerful reason why we wish to work together
with this initiative."
MLHD Board Chair Gayle Murphy said that the agreement would
strengthen the hospital's initiatives to improve patient safety and
overall workplace culture.
"Under the agreement, we will further explore methods to
mutually support each other in activities that promote
and counter discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the
practice of surgery, to improve patient safety," Ms
Specific initiatives include:
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- Collaborating on the development of programs and processes to
deal with DBSH in the workplace
- Sharing relevant information and resources regarding the
education and training available with the respective
- Supporting greater diversity within the surgical
- Working together to ensure that surgeons and Trainees are able
to undertake required training and education in relation to DBSH,
including in relation to clinical training supervision, skills
courses and general courses.