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, August 9, 2013

Education and health are the two worst sectors for workplace bullying


"GOLD Coast Hospital has denied sacking a top surgeon, saying she was simply restructured out of her job.
Neurosurgeon Teresa Withers, who helped treat victims after the 2005 Bali bombings, has lost her job as the hospital's director of surgery after leading a doctor revolt about issues including a bed shortage and alleged workplace bullying, The Courier-Mail revealed yesterday .
But hospital CEO Ron Calvert said claims Dr Withers had been sacked were "simply untrue".
Mr Calvert said a restructure had been needed because the hospital was moving to a new $1.8 billion facility at Parkwood, with five new services including cardiac surgery, neonatal intensive care and radiation oncology. ........
Mr Calvert said Dr Withers had been given the choice of two new "senior leadership roles".
But the restructure has been attacked by many sectors of the health community, including the Queensland Nurses Union and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
RACS Queensland chairman Bernard Whitfield said it was important to have a senior surgeon with overall control of surgery to facilitate elective operations, maintain appropriate staffing levels and to ensure procedures were performed in a safe, timely manner.
"The Director of Surgey also has a very significant role in the oversight of surgical training," he said.
The issue was discussed at the RACS Queensland branch annual scientific meeting in Cairns at the weekend where surgeons from throughout the state called on the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service to rethink the decision to abolish the role.   .....
Gold Coast HHS board chairman Mr Langdon denied there was "widespread" unrest among senior doctors but said the hospital was working to improve consultation and communication."

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