26 September 2016
Surgeons at Logan Hospital will sign a pledge board committing
to stamp out bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment as part
of a new effort by Metro South Health and the Royal Australasian
College of Surgeons to enhance the surgical workplace and improve
RACS Vice President Professor Spencer Beasley said hospital
wards, operating theatres and outpatients were areas where surgical
education and health service employment overlapped.
He said it made sense for employers and educators to look for
new ways to improve the experience of surgical trainees, make
hospitals a better and safer place to work and improve patient
"Research shows that bad behaviour has a negative impact on the
whole team and not just the people at which it's directed.
"This partnership is about ensuring improvements in patient
safety by improving work environments," Prof Beasley said.
Logan Hospital Director of Surgery Dr Brian McGowan welcomed the
initiative and said Logan Hospital was proud to roll out the
College 'Action Plan on Building Respect and Improving Patient
"This signature board is a visible and tangible commitment of
the surgeons of Logan Hospital to the goals of the College and
Queensland Health in this endeavour," Dr McGowan said.
Metro South Health Executive Director Medical Services Dr Susan
O'Dwyer said Metro South Health strongly believed every employee
had the right to work in an environment free from any form of
bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination.
She said as an organisation, Metro South Health had taken a
leadership role to ensure the principles that promoted a workplace
free from harassment were integrated into everyday practice.
"We believe that a safe and supportive work environment not only
benefits our staff, but also delivers better outcomes for our
"Our partnership with RACS will strengthen the existing
supportive culture within our surgical teams and provide a solid
framework to promptly address any issues if they occur," Dr O'Dwyer
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