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