About Respect: What we are doing


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Tackling discrimination and more

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We are serious about putting an end to bullying, discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment in surgery. What we are doing is outlined in our Action Plan. This work is focused on three main areas: culture and leadership, improving surgical education and strengthening complaints management.

For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions here.

Read more about the highlights of our achievements in 2018

How will we measure our progress

We are pleased to announce that highly credentialed evaluation professionals, Thread Consulting, have been engaged to prepare a comprehensive evaluation framework for the Building Respect Improving Patient Safety Initiative. The consultants, together with a Project Reference Group, will work through a systematic process to develop this framework, which will provide a means of assessing the reach and impact of the Building Respect Initiative over the medium and long term (at the 5 and 10 year mark).

Using the project's planned outcomes as a base, key evaluation questions and appropriate indicators and data sources will be identified, resulting in development of a data collection plan. This will take into account commitments already made to repeat particular pieces of research conducted at the outset of this initiative eg the DBSH prevalence survey, and will incorporate data already being collected during day to day activity implementation.

The data collected plus triangulated findings will inform program improvement and evolution, in addition to providing a measure of the extent to which the program goals have been achieved, at the different points in time when effectiveness measures are undertaken.

2019 Activities

Our work to build a culture of respect is continuing in 2019. This year's priorities include:

  • implementing phase 1 of our 3-phase evaluation framework and using insights gleaned to inform and strengthen our plans for action.
  • resourcing our Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to provide constructive feedback, with a continued focus on improving surgical education.
  • to continuously review and improve our complaints handling processes.
  • working closely with our health sector and government partners to influence cultural change across the health sector.
  • collaborating with Specialty Societies and Training Boards, to maximise the impact of our efforts to build respect in surgery.
  • engaging as many Fellows, Trainees and IMGs as we can to work with us to build a culture of respect.

Updated policies and procedures

We have updated many of our policies and procedures to make sure they reflect RACS commitment to building respect, and improving patient safety.

Some of the most important policies and procedures we have developed or updated include:


We have done a lot of work to improve surgical education. We have developed learning opportunities for surgeons to find out more about bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and learn what they can do about it.

  • elearning module on DBSH. Mandatory for all College Fellows, Trainees and IMGs. Integrated with RACS' continuing professional development program

  • Expanded the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators course, to strengthen surgical education. Mandatory for surgeons who teach or train SET trainees or supervise IMGs.

  • Operating with Respect face to face advanced training course to help surgeons deal with discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. Mandatory for Surgical Supervisors.

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