4 October 2016
Gold Coast Health and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
(RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a
commitment to providing high quality training, education and
experience in surgery and the health sector.
RACS President Philip Truskett said Gold Coast Health is a
leading provider in the health sector and has a shared interest
with RACS in dealing with issues of discrimination, bullying, and
sexual harassment (DBSH).
"We strongly supports Gold Coast Health's cultural change
program based on the Vanderbilt Principles. Bullying is a real
problem for our profession, like it is across the health sector and
now is the time to build respect and improve patient safety," Mr
"Our hospital wards, operating theatres and outpatients are
where surgical education and health service employment overlap so
it makes sense for employers and educators to look for ways to
improve the experience of Surgical Trainees and make hospitals a
better place to work," the RACS President said.
Gold Coast Health Chief Executive Ron Calvert said he fully
supported the College's Action Plan to promote respect, and counter
these issues in the practice of surgery and improve patient
"This MoU means that we have committed to working together to
ensure that surgical supervisors have the necessary skills and
attributes and are supported to provide training, assessment,
feedback and support to Trainees and International Medical
Graduates (IMGs), free from discrimination, bullying and sexual
"It also means that we will work cooperatively on these issues,
and exchange information and take appropriate action where
possible," Mr Calvert said.
RACS and Gold Coast Health have agreed to commit to a range of
actions that include:
- collaborating on the development of programs and processes to
deal with DBSH in the workplace, in surgery and in the health
- aligning or developing policies and processes to the extent
possible to deal with these issues using the 'Vanderbilt
Principles' as a foundation
- participating in joint activities to promote policies and
processes to address DBSH.
Both organisations also agree to develop joint protocols in
regard to complaints relating to DBSH and will confer with the
other party to discuss, manage and resolve these complaints.
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