Taking action on harassment
On the 1 April 2015 the AMA convened a high level Roundtable meeting in Canberra to confront the issue of sexual harassment within the medical profession. More than 40 medical profession leaders – including the Presidents and/or senior representatives of the Medical Colleges, trainee representatives, and medical students – attended the meeting. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, and Susan Pearce, the Acting CEO of the NSW Health Education and Training Institute, addressed the meeting and participated in proceedings.
“Organisations such as the AMA and the Medical Colleges have a key role to play. At the coalface, whether it be in the operating room or the clinic, we need to make sure that we have leaders that set the tone and call out bad behaviour when we see it,” said A/Prof Brian Owler, Federal AMA President.
“We have an agenda, and we have commitment to bring about change. We will work diligently to enhance our profession and protect all of the individuals who make such valuable contributions to the profession and to our patients. And we will report regularly on developments.”
Find out more about the Roundtable here.