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, September 10, 2014

World Suicide Prevention day

Today is World Suicide Prevention day (declared by an agency associated with the World Health Organization).

As David Yamada, a bullying expert, states "
"Conditions at work, especially severe workplace bullying, have been linked to suicides and suicidal ideation."
  • We know that 45 people (students and staff) have considered or attempted suicide because of the workplace bullying that they experienced at the University of Newcastle.  Furthermore, suggestions are that the suicides that have occurred (stafff and students) at the University of Newcastle may have been related to bullying.
  • We know that bullying continues at the University.
  • We also know that many people who have lost their jobs at the University because of speaking out about unethical behaviour, continue to battle depression and thoughts of suicide years afterwards.
If you or someone you know or someone you work with at the University of Newcastle is expressing or hinting at suicide, contact Lifeline or visit the website of the International Association for Suicide Prevention 

This is not the time to be a bystander; remember that 

·       The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing...
Albert Einstein.


  1. The doing nothing part is apt. Look at the hideous mess the University is in.

    Bullying, suicide, rape, sexual harassment in far higher frequency than any other University. No other university behaves like this either.

    The people who should have stopped what was going on did nothing. I think what will happen later will reveal the true extent of what is going on there.

    You don't have to take my advice but please don't come to work or study there and expect a fair go.

  2. Fr Peter Brock, notorious paedophile was a chaplain at the University of Newcastle. See what scum they attract.

  3. There was a story reported a few years ago by the University as an accident.

    They mentioned an overseas student had fallen over the side of the auchmuty library and died.

    What they failed to mention is that he actually jumped deliberately.

    No one wants to own up to what happened there. He committed suicide. All his life and potential was gone. Blame the racist bully culture there, the dreadful and heartless staff and the depressing isolation.

    RIP my fellow. I never knew you but your death will haunt me forever.

  4. He was an international student.

    They have since put up pithy posters about campus safety and looking out for eachother.

    This is ironic considering the absolute monster in the chancellory. The management don't care about you and your life.