Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Hidden burden of mental health and substance use"

The University of Newcastle is collaborating with a number of other universities and organisations in the

"world first Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use: Translating Innovative Prevention and Treatment will receive $2.5 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding over the next five years. "

In our survey about bullying at the university, the effect of bullying resulted in  21.5%  of our respondents (i.e. 40 individuals) reporting that they had increased their alcohol and smoking intake.    

This increased intake accompanied reports of mental health issues resulting from their bullying viz.

  • depression (56.4%)  
  • suicidal thoughts (23.1%)
  • panic attacks (27.2%)
  • sleep problems (61.5%).
The University of Newcastle would seem to be in the frontline position to investigate this issue - the researchers involved in this Centre of Research Excellence are welcome to contact us for more information or for participants for their research.


  1. I think this team should seriously consider including results of the UoN bullying survey in their research since it is directly relevant and absolutely topical with real benefit to the uni.

  2. Yeah, absolutely. The uon is open shop for bullies.