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.

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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)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fantastic news from the University of Newcastle

According to the Maitland Mercury,
"The University of Newcastle has been appointed to co-ordinate a program in the Hunter aimed at helping people with a disability connect with university or training."

Apparently, the University of Newcastle "will become a contact point for other organisations, employers, schools, universities and training providers, with the program designed to remove
barriers that prevent people with disability accessing tertiary education and meaningful employment."

This is a most wonderful opportunity for those of us suffering from psychological disabilities following our treatment by the University.   
Based on our survey of 195 individuals, our submission to the Parliamentary Workplace Bullying inquiry stated,

"Respondents could select from a variety of physical and psychological effects and they usually suffered from two or more of these symptoms.

More than half the respondents reported having sleep problems (61.5%) and depression (56.4%), with about one third also reporting headaches and constant tiredness. Around one-fifth reported digestive disorders (17.9% had digestive problems and 20% had nausea).

Of concern is the fact that 23.1% (i.e. 45 respondents) had suicidal thoughts.   Also of note is the relatively high number (40 respondents) who had increased their alcohol and smoking intake; furthermore 42 suffered from hypertension and the same number had a racing heart rate (palpitations).

Numerous respondents described being under extreme stress, “major anxiety disorder which is the polar opposite to my normal personality”, “constant panic at the workplace”, “random periods of tears”, “feeling under threat, walking on eggshells” or “feeling overwhelmed, extremely disliked, powerless, disenfranchised”.  Respondents also spoke of their depression as being “quite despondent”, lowered morale”, “constant panic” and being “diagnosed with clinical depression”.  As a result of the bullying, some respondents were looking for another position  and students reported wanting to withdraw from postgraduate study.  Respondents had suffered a variety of health issues including “dysfunctional uterinebleeding, severe migrain headaches, heart arrhythmia”, “chest pain”, “facial tic”,” stress induced heart condition”, and weight loss."

Many of us are no longer employed - hopefully now the University of Newcastle can help us "connect with university or training".

1 comment:

  1. I have a psychogical disability from living with my emotionally and physically abusive parents before I entered the UoN.

    I was bullied there by students and staff so severely that it almost killed me.

    To this day my psychological injuries are even worse because of engaging the UoN.

    What is the University promising? If I could go back in time I would not have studied there.

    Getting called "a schizo" and "a fuckwit" without provocation and no way of defending myself is beyond low. People forget about vulnerability.

    The staff were just as bad. You could pretty much die in front of them and they wouldn't care.

    Don't study there is my heartfelt plea, you are far better of not pursuing an education if you are disabled. Their promises are a complete lie.

    I am paying the price for believing the University. Please don't do what I did.