Expert Opinion and Advice: Contemporary Issues, Professional Behaviours


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Ms Susan HallidaySusan Halliday was part of the Australian Government Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART) from 2012-2016 and was former Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Susan contributes regularly to Surgical News:



  • Race discrimation/harassment
    "The United Nations was established after the Second World War in 1945 to prevent another such conflict and pursue the realisation of human rights. Australia and New Zealand were among the 51 founding member states. There are now 193.


  • Victimisation
    "In 'dictionary land' victimisation is defined as unwarranted singling out that results in unfair treatment, exploitation or persecution.


  • It is sexist - not sexual...
    "Sexism can take many forms; comments, nick names, gestures, unfair treatment, providing prejudicial advice and denying opportunities to reach full potential based on individual merit.


November / December


  • Pregnancy Pathways and Reasonable Adjustments
    "Three decades after legislative frameworks were introduced into Australia and New Zealand there remains a limited understanding of the rights of pregnant and potentially pregnant women in work and training environments."



  • Age is not relevant
    "The need to work through 'age' related issues and simultaneously dispel some derogatory stereotypes is important as our populations in Australia and New Zealand age"



  • Tea for Two with Sexual Harassment
    "Sexual harassment is unwanted or unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature that makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. It can be obvious, subtle or indirect. It can be physical, written, verbal or a selection of gestures."


  • Bullying…should we speak up?
    "Professionally we all have a responsibility to be astute and proactive about workplace conduct. It is incumbent upon us to contemplate and make a personal assessment about how our behaviour and decisions can impact others, before we interact or act."

January / February

  • That's Not Bullying!
    "Everyone in the workplace, no matter what their role or employment status, should be clear that bullying is repeated unreasonable behaviour directed towards an individual or a group that creates a risk to physical or mental health and safety."


November / December

  • Bah Humbug - it's a work function!
    "Like it or not, our professional codes of conduct and workplace policies span our behavioural modus operandi 365 days a year, 24 hours a day - depending on where we are and the company we keep. There are no ifs, no buts, and no exceptions ... as partying with workplace colleagues comes with rules."
  • Harassment - What to say when words fail you
    "In response to conduct that could amount to harassment, the following phrases and sentences may be helpful."


  • Was that harassment?
    "Harassment is a word that we hear often ... For those who feel harassed, it is important to clearly describe the behaviour of concern and to articulate the resultant negative impacts."