9 August 2017
Ballarat Health Services is a leading Australian provider in the
health sector and has a shared interest incollaborating with RACS
to address the issues of discrimination, bullying, and sexual
The MoU is a collaboration formed under the RACS 2015 Action Plan:
Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety that commits both
organisations to collaborate on the development of programs and
processes to deal with these issues across the workplace, in
surgery and in the health sector, generally.
The MoU is underpinned by both groups' shared values of respect
This agreement outlines a shared commitment to effective
collaboration and information sharing between the parties to
facilitate quality specialist medical training in a safe
environment, and one that is free from DBSH. Such an environment
contributes to high standards of care, and timely access to care
RACS and Ballarat Health Services also commit to work together to
ensure that surgical supervisorshave the necessary skills and
attributes and are supported to provide training, assessment,
feedback and support to Trainees and IMGs free of discrimination,
bullying and sexual harassment.
RACS President John Batten said both groups would work
cooperatively together on these issues, andexchange information and
take appropriate action wherever possible.
"Our role is to determine and maintain standards for the
respective disciplines and provide national oversight and
consistency for the training and education of medical specialists
in those disciplines.
"RACS sets professional standards, accredits training settings and
coordinates and supports the education and training of Trainees,
IMGs and Fellows," Mr Batten said.
Ballarat Health Services Chief Executive Officer Mr Dale Fraser
said that the agreement wouldstrengthen initiatives to improve
patient safety and enrich overall workplace culture.
"The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' program, "Operating
with Respect" aligns with the broader BHS Together program, and
will be used to support surgeons and trainees on increasing
awareness of clinicians in their role to take a stand against
unacceptable behaviour, to create avenues for better reporting and
to introduce a graduated scale of interventions where
discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment occurs.
In May 2016, RACS launched Let's Operate with Respect - a campaign
to help deal effectively with DBSH in surgery. Further information
can be found on a dedicated new section on the RACS website called
About Ballarat Health Services
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Ballarat Health Services has been providing quality care for
the Ballarat and Grampians region for more than 160 years. It works
to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, their families,
and the community. Ballarat Health Services is a total health care
provider, which means it cares for patients and the community with
a comprehensive range of general and specialist care, across every
key medical and healthcare discipline.