AMA National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces Submission 2019
In 2018 – 2019, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) held a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces and called for broad community submission to inform its report.
In the AMA’s submission, we have highlighted the need to improve leadership competencies and promote diversity. These encourage people to accept legitimacy of difference which in turn norms respect in the workplace. Once realised, sexual harassment can be expected to be a thing of the past.
The AMA accepts evidence that workplace sexual harassment is widespread in the health sector and supports initiatives to stop its destructive effects. Where this behaviour continues, the rights & wellbeing of individuals and the efficiency of organisations’ is undermined which can lead to less than optimum health care.