Operating with Respect course


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What will I learn?

The Operating with Respect course provides advanced training in recognising, managing and preventing discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

The aim of this course is to equip surgeons with the ability to self-regulate behaviour in the workplace and to moderate the behaviour of colleagues, in order to build respect and strengthen patient safety.

The course follows the release of the RACS Action Plan on Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Practice of Surgery.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Appraise why a culture of respect matters
  • Evaluate behaviours that support respectful environments
  • Recognise the importance of resilience in maintaining respectful interactions
  • Practise how to address unacceptable behaviours

Mandatory for:

The Operating with Respect Face to Face course is mandatory for the following groups who are required to complete the course by 31 December 2018:

  • SET Surgical Supervisors
  • IMG Clinical Assessors
  • Research supervisors
  • The following RACS committees:
    • Council
    • Governance and Advocacy Committee
    • Education Board
    • Board of Surgical Education and Training
    • Specialty Training Boards
    • Clinical Committee
    • Board of Regional Chairs
    • Regional Committees
    • New Zealand National Board
    • Professional Development and Standards Board
    • Prevocational and Skills Education Committee
    • Court of Examiners Executive
    • AOA Federal Training Board

The course is also available to Fellows and IMGs. Priority access to the course will be given to participants required to complete the course by the end of 2018. 


No enrolment fee

Rural and regional based Fellows required to attend this course may be eligible for funding to cover travel and accommodation costs. To confirm eligibility, please contact: Fiona.bull@surgeons.org


One day course: 8.15am - 4.00pm

Participants will engage with course content through facilitated discussions, small group activities and role-play. Participants are required to complete the Operating with Respect eLearning module prior to their attendance at course.

Course schedule

The Operating with Respect course is scheduled to be run in various locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Please review the schedule to identify your preferred course:

2017 OWR course schedule (PDF 276KB)

The 2018 OWR course schedule will be available in September. The course will be delivered in various locations throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

7 points (1 point per hour), reflective Practice Category 4


Operating with Respect Program Administrator
Skills Training Department
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9276 7486
Facsimile: +61 3 9249 1298
Email: owr@surgeons.org