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On discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment

In March 2015, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) established an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) for advice on strategies to prevent discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery in Australian and New Zealand hospitals and in the College.

The EAG and RACS recognised discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment by surgeons is an issue for the community, including the medical profession and the health sector more widely. The EAG considered gender inequality in surgery, and the extent that this was linked to issues of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

The primary focus of the EAG was to understand the extent of the problem in the practice of surgery in Australia and New Zealand and recommend actions the College could take directly and in partnership with others to prevent it.


Final EAG Report and research results

Read the final EAG report and the results of the research (PDF 597KB) commissioned by the EAG.

A list of changes from draft EAG report (PDF 217KB)  is available in the EAG media release.

The report and results follow a research campaign that included:

Issues Paper:

  • The EAG called for submissions to an Issues Paper examining the causes of the problems and the actions needed to prevent and address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery. Most submissions have been published on this page.

Share their experience:

  • Another independent provider was contracted to collect personal stories from people who had experienced discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment but did not wish to make a formal complaint. Themes and issues from the stories provided are published in a report of this research. The EAG appreciates the time and effort of those who shared their personal stories. Their experiences informed the EAG's draft report.

Prevalence survey:

  • An independent survey of all College Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates was conducted to identify and describe the prevalence of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery. The EAG was pleased by the strong response to this survey and thanks all participants. A report of this research is now published and helped shaped the draft EAG report.

Online discussions:

  • Many College Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) joined in facilitated online discussions about ideas to prevent and address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery.
    The EAG considered a report of these conversations when drafting its report. Read a summary of these discussions (PDF 446KB).

Organisational survey:

  • The EAG sent a survey to more than 300 hospitals and employers to learn about their approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.  A report of these research findings (PDF 2.35MB) is now published.

EAG members (PDF 33KB) (opens in new window)

Read our joint leadership statement (PDF 277KB) (opens in new window)

The EAG was resourced and supported by the College, but was independent of it. The EAG terms of reference (PDF 122KB) (opens in new window) gave the group wide ranging authority.


Media Releases


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