As the peak professional organisation for emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand, we have a duty to the emergency medicine profession and the wider community. Part of this entails training a sustainable emergency medicine workforce that provides high quality patient care and upholds the highest possible professional standards in emergency medicine.

In late 2016 the ACEM Board initiated a project to investigate discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment (DBSH) in emergency medicine. The College’s DBSH Project concluded in early 2018, with the release of the DBSH Action Plan.

The ACEM Board is committed to the long term implementation of this action plan, with the first major action already achieved – the establishment of a Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to oversee the work of this action plan over the coming years.

  • Steering Group members

Survey of members

An independent, confidential and anonymous survey of all ACEM trainees, Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates, Certificants and Diplomates was conducted between April and May 2017.

In August 2017, the College released results of the survey.

Responding to the findings, then ACEM President, Professor Anthony Lawler, in a message to all members, said the behaviour reported in the survey was unacceptable. View the written message to all members.

Watch the President’s message


The DBSH Working Group invited all members to have their say to help bring about meaningful cultural change and address DBSH in emergency medicine.

A Draft Action Plan was released in late 2017 for further consultation.

In February 2018 the College released its DBSH Action Plan.

How do I get support?

Support for Members

Support for trainees

How do I make a complaint?

Member complaints

Trainee complaints