Let's Operate With Respect

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Today we launched Let's Operate With Respect, a new three-year campaign to help put an end to bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment in surgery.Logo

The campaign aims to get surgeons talking about these problems and support culture change in the profession.

Speaking at the Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane, RACS President, Professor David Watters OBE, said this represents a significant opportunity for the College.

'We want to build respect, improve patient safety, ensure health workers have a safe and supportive workplace, and deal with discrimination, bullying and harassment in surgery,' Professor Watters said.

'We know that these have been real problems for our profession. Almost half of us have experienced it, many more of us have witnessed these behaviours, and things have to change,' Professor Watters told the ASC.

"We also know that bad outcomes for patients are more likely when teamwork suffers. When people are dealing with unacceptable behaviour at work, their focus can move away from the patient."

Professor Watters encouraged all surgeons to support Let's Operate With Respect initiatives, including the work outlined in the College's Action Plan: Building respect, improving patient safety.

Surgeons can:

We have created a new section on our website where surgeons can access information about the Let's Operate With Respect campaign.

There will be posters, images and other resources you can download to support this campaign in your work place, across your own websites or clinical practice websites and on social media.

We will be updating you with on progress on the Action Plan and updating you on the Let's Operate With Respect campaign.

As part of this, we are updating our code of conduct, providing training for surgical educators, improving our complaints management processes and surveying all training posts.

Future updates will be published here: Action Plan Progress