Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Veterans beware - Saunders is still smiling!

Our previous Vice-Chancellor, Nicholas Saunders, has just been appointed as chair of the Repatriation Medical Authority.


"The RMA consists of a panel of five practitioners eminent in fields of medical science. Their role is to determine Statements of Principles (SOPs) for any disease, injury or death that could be related to military service, .."

So Nick will be deciding what factors must exist in veterans to cause a particular kind of disease/injury/death.

Nick will be making decisions about stressors - these are "negative life events, the effects of which are chronic in nature and cause the person to feel on-going distress, concern or worry". 

According to the RMA, the stressors listed below may cause depression, anxiety, etc.
  • "being socially isolated and unable to maintain friendships or family relationships 
  • experiencing a problem with a long-term relationship including: the break-up of a close personal relationship, the need for marital or relationship counselling, marital separation, or divorce;
  • having concerns in the work or school environment including: on-going disharmony with fellow work or school colleagues, perceived lack of social support within the work or school environment, perceived lack of control over tasks performed and stressful work loads, or experiencing bullying in the workplace or school environment;
  • having severe financial hardship including: loss of employment, long periods of unemployment."

This sounds like our experiences at the University of Newcastle - oh sorry, my mistake! - according to the uni under Nick Saunders "this did not happen"!

Will Nick get rid of these "principles" at the RMA because they "do not exist"?

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