Zero tolerance of sexual harassment in the medical workplace
Last week the AMA released its new Position Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Medical Workplace 2015, advocating a zero tolerance approach to this very important issue. The AMA Council of Doctors in Training (AMACDT) led the development of the Position Statement which recommends specialised training and education, robust policies and complaints processes, the promotion of inclusion of women in the medical workforce, including in senior roles, and sanctions and penalties for offenders. The policy also highlights the need to support bystanders to speak up and act in circumstances where they witness colleagues being subject to sexual harassment.
This is a key part of addressing cultural issues that have allowed sexual harassment to become a significant problem for the profession. The Position Statement was developed in response to serious allegations of sexual harassment in the medical workforce that were highlighted in the media earlier this year. The AMA has been working closely with the medical colleges, ASMOF and other health groups to ensure a strong united response from the profession to eliminate sexual harassment from medical workplaces.