Bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment

ANZCA considers bullying, discrimination and harassment unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Fellows and trainees acting as college representatives are responsible for ensuring an environment free of this behaviour. 

In 2015, the college established a Bullying, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (BDSH) Working Group  chaired by Immediate Past President, Professor David A Scott. A number of recommendations were made by the group in their 2017 report. Since then, we’ve been working hard on delivering tangible solutions, to ensure a safe and professional environment for all.

We’ll be providing regular updates both here and in college publications. You’ll also notice that doctors’ health and wellbeing is profiled prominently on the ANZCA home page.

Here are just some of the actions we’re already delivering:

24/7 support when you need it

The Doctors’ Support Program is a confidential and independent counselling and coaching service which is now available to all fellows, trainees, specialist international medical graduates (SIMGs) and immediate family members via the helpline. This phone service is offered confidentially and at no charge, to support our members for a variety of work-related and personal problems that may be affecting work or home life. The helpline is available 24/7.

How to make a complaint or raise a concern

While responsibility for bullying, discrimination and harassment are normally the responsibility of employers, fellows and trainees acting as college representatives are reminded that they must ensure an environment free of these behaviours.  

If you have experienced or observed inappropriate behaviour by a college representative please bring it to our attention by by completing this online form. All notifications received are treated as confidential unless we request your permission to the contrary.

If you would like to discuss your concerns before submitting the notification form, please contact the ANZCA CEO John Ilott on +61 3 9510 6299 or email complaints@anzca.edu.au.

Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework

In February 2018, a group of trainees, fellows, councillors, staff, and representatives from our sister colleges and societies met to develop an interim draft Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework based on beyondblue's “First responders’ good practice model for mental health and wellbeing”.

The consultation period for feedback for the interim draft Doctors' Health and Wellbeing Framework is now closed. We thank everyone who contributed and value your feedback. The next steps as part of this initiative, including the launch dates for the framework, can be found on the webpage.

Welfare of Anaesthetists SIG

To protect the personal and psychological wellbeing of our fellows and trainees, we continue to encourage you to access the range of resources through the Welfare of Anaesthetists special interest group.

Library resources

The introduction of library guides through the ANZCA library has a valuable section on doctors’ welfare that holds resource materials and articles to support and guide fellows and trainees. This guide is updated regularly.

Lifelong support

Through the trainee and fellowship surveys, we continue to collect information from our members on their satisfaction with ANZCA services, as well as their current working conditions and environment. For the first time, in 2018, we asked fellows to provide information on their experience with bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment. Results from this survey are currently being reviewed and analysed by experts in this field, and will inform work under the doctors health and wellbeing initiative. We recognise priorities change over time, and that experiences differ throughout your career span. With this in mind, new initiatives are assessed against the doctors’ health and wellbeing framework to ensure we are delivering the right solutions at the right time.

Expanding resources for trainees

The Operating with Respect online module, which was generously shared by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was launched at the beginning of December 2017, and is available on Networks for trainees, fellows and SIMGs. Participants in the ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program, are eligible to claim CPD credits upon completion of this module.

Other resources

 If you'd like any further information, please contact the Fellowship Affairs Unit.

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