Release date: November 2016
Estimated completion time*: 2 hrs

The medical environment has unique demands and pressures – and therefore its own vulnerabilities to unprofessional behaviour. This resource hopes to improve workplace behaviour by raising awareness and encouraging all physicians to report undesirable behaviour. It helps physicians determine the resources available and appropriate steps for preventing and dealing with bullying and sexual harassment.

*The estimated completion time is an approximate guide and does not account for time spent on optional additional readings and activities.

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Tags: Category 1 Educational activities Bullying Harassment Sexual harassment Medical environment Workplace culture Risk factors Risk prevention Workplace behaviour Preferential treatment Unprofessional behaviour Behavioural spectrum Unacceptable conduct Resilience Physician support services

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify bullying and harassment along with its effects on workplace culture.
  2. Understand the importance of a safe work culture and how bullying and harassment impacts physicians and their ability to learn and effectively practice medicine.
  3. Evaluate the impact of your workplace behaviour on colleagues, patients and health outcomes.
  4. Determine the resources available and appropriate steps for preventing and dealing with bullying and harassment.
  5. Identify and promote strategies to prevent and deal with bullying and harassment.

  • Dr Helen Rhodes MB BS FRACP Chair
  • Dr Ashwin Shukla MBBS, FRACP
  • Prof Fiona Lake MD W.Aust., FRACP
  • Dr Alice Bergin MBBS, BSc
  • Dr Karina Powers MBBS MPH PGrad Dip Occ Hlth & Sfty MRO CIME FAFOEM
  • Dr Meenakshi Rattan MBBS MD ,DCH,FRACP,MPH,MHM
  • Dr Ramila Varendran MBBS (hons) University of Sydney, FRACP