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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“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, March 14, 2014

Can we help you with the problems we caused?

Yamada states that
"Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and employee wellness programs are among the features of many contemporary workplaces, especially larger organizations that are in a position to devote time and money to extended human resources operations."

In less-than-wonderful workplaces, however, EAPs and wellness initiatives can play an ironic role: They exist in part to deal with the dysfunctional and unhealthy aspects of the organization itself.
  • UoN website - "As part of our commitment to staff wellbeing The University of Newcastle provides professional and confidential counselling for our most important asset - you!"
"EAPs are designed to help workers deal with personal problems that may impact their job performance and health. ... What if the problems and challenges that lead workers to contact an EAP or partake in a wellness program are triggered by work-related stress or even mistreatment?

"The focus is typically on the individual. However well meaning and helpful at times, they often are constrained in addressing systemic problems that may prompt someone to seek help. "

"..how many dysfunctional, unhealthy organizations look like pure gold on paper because they offer these useful benefits, without addressing some of the internal, core reasons for why their workers access them."

From the University of Newcastle website .... a few examples

-   "Staff may also access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a free and confidential service that provides counselling, advice and support."

-   "informal ways of dealing with bullying may include: .....seeking advice, support or counselling from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or undertaking personal development courses from Human Resource Services."    

 -   "We are a healthy university. We create an environment that promotes healthy learning, working and living environments. Packaged as part of our Healthy UoN program, a range of activities and services are available for students that encourage positive physical, spiritual and mental health. Our counselling service is on hand to help you with personal or study-related issues."

-   "Students can use our free confidential counselling service to discuss any personal or study-related issues."

-   "The Counselling Service provides free and confidential counselling for all students. Our counsellors are professionally qualified psychologists and social workers. We offer support, information and assistance to clarify and resolve a range of issues, which might otherwise interfere with personal wellbeing or academic effectiveness. Personal issues may include stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship problems or family difficulties. We also assist with adjustment to university life and address academic issues such motivation, concentration and procrastination. In addition to booked appointments, we offer weekly Walk in Clinics."

-   "As part of our commitment to staff wellbeing The University of Newcastle provides professional and confidential counselling for our most important asset - you!"

-   "The University will provide timely access to a counselling service for staff members and their families
through an Employee Assistance Program."

-   "The Campus Care program has been established to provide confidential advice for all University community members, linking them with staff experienced in the assessment and management of concerning, inappropriate or threatening behaviours within the University community."
"The Counselling Service is available to students free of charge, on a confidential basis at each of the campuses at the University of Newcastle."
and on and on........................


  1. If the University of Newcastle has such a strong anti bullying attitude, can I please read about solid examples (names and other personal details redacted of course) where they made a difference? Anything to ease my mind.

    I went to counselling at the University and it did not change my predicament at the University. In fact, it gave management grounds to remove me because they knew I was accessing the service. Confidentiality comes second to control.

    If you need counselling get help externally, and whatever you do not consult with the dean of students if you are not Christian.

  2. Question,

    How does having lots of counsellors help if the upper echelons at the University continue to bully staff and students? The problem is even worse than it was before.

    One more thing, please do a external background check on some of the staff members if you suspect them.