ANZCA supports RACS

ANZCA supports the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' commitment to address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.         

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) released its draft Expert Advisory Group (EAG) report on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery on September 10.


The report states: "There is no room for bystanders. Employers, hospitals, governments,  health professionals and industrial associations and other partners in the healthcare sector must also commit to sustained action."


The draft report and EAG research results can be found here.


An address by RACS President, Professor David Watters, can be seen here.


ANZCA provided a submission to the EAG. The College’s submission can be seen here.


ANZCA considers bullying, discrimination and harassment unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated under any circumstances (see our Policy on bullying, discrimination and harassment for Fellows and trainees acting on behalf of the College and undertaking College functions).  We have robust processes for dealing with such issues; concerns should be made in writing to


Appropriate behaviours for anaesthetists are also set out in the College’s Supporting anaesthetists’ professionalism and performance: A guide for clinicians now being piloted, is addressed in the ANZCA Professional Code of Conduct and the Welfare SIG has a wealth of material for use in dealing with the more common professional and personal stresses.


ANZCA is also building its trainee resources with welfare in mind including in the new part 0 courses being developed.

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