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)

Monday, August 26, 2013

More research on bullying and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder has previously been linked to combat, accidents, physical and sexual abuse.  More recently it has been linked to bullying, including workplace bullying.

As Nye states in Huffpost-Lifestyle UK

"If it looks like a dog, if it barks like a dog, and if overall it behaves like a dog, then it is most likely to be a dog. In the case of PTSD caused by bullying and abuse at work, this is a particularly black dog."

In recent research, people who had been bullied have been found to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  The researcher went further, stating that
'Traumatic experiences or strains imposed on us by others can often hurt more than accidents.' (emphasis added).

This relates to the finding that bullying has a more significant effect on victims than sexual abuse.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have issued a policy statement recognising bullying as a serious medical and public health issue.

The results of our survey indicate that a considerably number of staff/students currently or previously at the University of Newcastle are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.



  1. That sounds like what I have after studying at the University of Newcastle.

    Unfortunately you cannot win against a sociopath if you have empathy. I have learned this from dealing first hand with one at a faculty there.

    All you can do is withdraw and start again away from that individual. They will never see the wrong they have done.

    The university at the moment is full of these types at the moment, especially in senior positions. Their collective mentality is completely removed from objectives that don't immediately serve them. That is why the University of Newcastle constantly fails to meet its obligation to its staff and students as human beings.

  2. Unfortunately you cannot win against a sociopath if you have empathy.

  3. All you can do is withdraw and start again away from that individual. They will never see the wrong they have done.

  4. Bullying includes one staff member publicly slandering the ability of other students; attempting to blackmail public opinion by giving rewards and privileges not normally available to students; ostracism; using another student to reschedule appointments; condoning the public slandering of students by a student; using tutoring time to discuss other students at length; falsifying evidence such as sickness etc. to cheat students out of tutoring time; shaming a student's ability by using unconstructive language; deliberately sending emails and texts during tutoring time at length.

    I realise that this staff member's head of school is a bully but it goes to show just what can happen at the UoN if left unchecked. I realise that the staff member themselves is a victim and not above forgiveness. The senior management of the University are responsible for creating this hellish scenario as the staff member did not start out like this.

    It''s a shame. Definitely NOT a place of opportunity.

  5. The above statement is not an inditement of the actual staff member, just a testament to the fact that if you employed by a bully you will be forced to adopt some of their tactics.

    I am more concerned with how the system has left both the staff and students into victims. Your call Caroline, if you can be bothered.