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Surgeons: what can other organisations learn from the report?

A. Richey

The Royal Australian College of Surgeons recently released a report into discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery. What lessons have been learnt and how are they applicable to other businesses?

It’s always best to address issues early rather than waiting for an event to trigger change. The research found seven key concerns around discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. 1. Culture of Fear and Reprisals The most prevalent view in the research was that making a complaint would be ‘career suicide.’ People were afraid to raise issues due to the risk to their career, traineeship or livelihood. This fos...

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