Discrimination, Bullying & Harassment

ACEM has made a commitment to investigating the prevalence of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in emergency medicine.

Seeking Support
The Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment (DBSH) Project will:
  • Identify the presence and extent of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment within the emergency medicine specialty in Australasia.
  • 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.
ACEM will conduct an independent, confidential and anonymous survey of all ACEM trainees, Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates, Certificants and Diplomates. The survey will ask for participants to share experiences of being subjected to and responding to discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in emergency medicine training or practice. 

Best Practice Australia (BPA) has been contracted to conduct this survey and collate the results. 

ACEM is also surveying CEOs/Executive Directors of hospitals to seek their feedback and to understand organisational responses and initiatives to discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

Once the results of both surveys have been collated, ACEM will develop an action plan with the goal of ensuring emergency medicine is practised in a respectful and inclusive environment, free from bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment. The final report will be made publicly available.
ACEM is committed to supporting emergency physicians' wellbeing through this process:
ACEM is committed to supporting emergency physicians' wellbeing through this process. If you have encountered discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment in your workplace, we encourage you to seek confidential support from: If your experience is related to any College associated activity, you are able to contact Converge International, which has been engaged by ACEM to provide additional support to our members and trainees in association with this project:
  • Australia: 1300 687 327
  • New Zealand: +61 3 8620 5300
The service is completely confidential. 

Converge International also offers an online hub of resources designed to provide you with information on work related and personal issues. The portal contains information on the latest news and events from Converge International, newsletter inserts on various topics, research papers and tip sheets. 
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