2 May 2017
Barwon Health is a leading Australian provider in the health
sector and has a shared interest in collaborating 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 Barwon Health also commit to work 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 IMGs free of discrimination, bullying and sexual
The MOU provides the framework for a shared understanding of the
relationship between the parties, which enables specialist medical
training at Barwon Health, and responds to the need for a clear and
mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the
RACS President Phil Truskett said both groups would work
cooperatively together on these issues, and exchange 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 Truskett said.
Barwon Health Chair of the Board Dr John Stekelenberg said that
the agreement would strengthen initiatives to improve patient
safety and enrich overall workplace culture.
"Our role is to provide accredited training places and employ
medical specialist Trainees and Supervisors.
"Barwon Health will also provide overall support to specialist
Trainees, and facilitate integration between training settings to
ensure consistent regional health service delivery and quality
learning experiences," Dr Stekelenberg said.
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 Respect.
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About Barwon Health
Barwon Health is an Australian health care provider with services
ranging from hospital, rehabilitation, elderly care, community
health centres and mental health services. Founded in 1998, Barwon
Health is among the largest comprehensive regional health services
in Australia and also one of the country's largest regional
employers. Its facilities include University Hospital, Geelong, the
McKellar Centre, and five community service centres in Victoria,
located in Corio, Belmont, Newcomb, Torquay, and Anglesea. https://www.barwonhealth.org.au