Discrimination, Bullying & Harassment

The ACEM Board has made a commitment to investigating the extent of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment within the emergency medicine specialty in Australasia.

Objectives
Activity
The project objectives are to:
  • Identify the presence and extent of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) within the emergency medicine specialty in Australasia, through ACEM membership and hospital administration consultation.
  • Identify solutions and activities ACEM can undertake to address any issues identified.
  • Develop a plan to implement identified solutions with measurable outcomes that can be monitored by the ACEM Board.

We'll conduct two surveys: the first survey will seek feedback from members on the prevalence of DBSH behaviours and their qualitative experiences of DBSH in their workplaces and within College activities and processes.  

The second survey will seek feedback from hospital CEOs, senior executives and HR departments, regarding organisational prevalence of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment issues, organisational responses and initiatives to address problems involving emergency physicians or emergency medicine trainees, or emergency departments.

For general enquiries about the project, email: policy@acem.org.au
This page will be updated regularly with project activity. We’ll also put updates in the College Bulletin and social media.

A working group reporting to the ACEM Board will provide project oversight. The working group is comprised of Council of Advocacy, Practice and Partnerships (CAPP) and Council of Education (CoE) members, and new Fellows, Trainees and a community representative.

The working group is in the process of appointing an independent consultant who will design, deliver and analyse two surveys to investigate the extent of DBSH within the emergency medicine specialty.

We’re aiming to release details of the surveys in late March 2017.