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)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Suicide, depression, PTSD.....

According to Safety Australia,

"Being subjected to workplace bullying doubles the risk of having suicidal thoughts."

45 survey respondents from the University of Newcastle had considered or attempted suicide.
56% (of 195 respondents) suffered from depression.

In addition, many of the people who have been harassed and victimised at the University of Newcastle have been diagnosed with depression and/or post-traumatic stress disorder and have needed treatment from psychiatrists, psychologists and/or have spent time in a mental health unit (e.g. at the Mater).

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