The College Board, along with the Council of Advocacy, Practice and Partnerships, previously took the initiative to investigate the prevalence of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment affecting our members and trainees.

The Discrimination Bullying and Sexual Harassment (DBSH) Working Group was established in 2016 to undertake this important work.

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

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