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, March 2, 2015

How do you solve an organisation's problems?

An organisation has a management issue with the harassment and victimisation of whistleblowers.
 What do you do to solve the issue?

The University of Newcastle 's way to deal with such issues is to

-  get rid of whistleblowers
-  gag whistleblowers
-  ignore senior management who use terms like "toxic" and "victimisation" to describe the University
-  get your lawyers to shut down a Youtube clip about bullying at the University of Newcastle.

This anti-bullying group's attempts to deal with these issues has been to

-  gather information from past and current staff and students as to the nature of their treatment (195 respondents).
-  raise these issues with management at the University of Newcastle
-  ask for a meeting with Caroline McMillen, VC of the University.

Anyone raising the issue of bullying has been criticised by Caroline McMillen for 
 "trashing one’s colleague from the comfort of one’s sofa on the pretence that anonymity is somehow a necessary protection."
On the basis of this, Caroline McMillen refused to meet our group, stating that it was her own policy not to meet with anonymous people - despite us giving her our names and despite her responding to us by name.

Good management skills?


  1. How the UoN would run a doctor's surgery.

    At the UoN clinic if you don't return to perfect health we will give you a lethal injection.

    This helps up to keep our reputation as providing world class care and prevents patients from tarnishing the reputation of the surgery with their unnecessary demands.

    This also helps with paper work, it prevents patient issues getting messy and involving outside health organisations. The deaths are always reported as circumstantial and always from a pre-existing condition the patient had.

    Media reports and rumours that the surgery is a death factory are examples of gutless cyber bullying. Our surgery provides cutting edge world class care. It even says it on our brochure.

    The practice director has mentioned in a blog that many of these terse individuals - whingers - are claiming we are trying to hide something - from the comfort of their sofas.

    We aim to preserve life.

    This was covered by the 2012 Safe Workplace Inquiry. You are not dead if you are alive.

    Our services assist and support the community. We look forward to seeing you soon.

    If you blab we jab.

  2. If any unwarranted media harassment comes to the practice asking questions and looking for answers, we will tell you that we have nothing to hide (except the dead bodies)

    We will make sure that

    a) all emails and calls regarding patient deaths are ignored or even acknowledged

    b) we employ clueless but aggressive people of whom outsiders will liase with over the practice matters. These officers are not medically trained or have any clue we bump off punters.

    As practice manager I would like to say we are sick of the public trying to defame us and will have to defend our doctors more vigorously in the future. We have stopped investigators at the door and I know this implies we have something to hide. It is clear our doctors need more protection from outside scum. We practice medicine to a world class standard.

    We offer career advancement. For example our original janitor is now a specialist in pathology after discovering that her half opened yoghurt left in a cupboard went mouldy. She said it was mould.

    Bill (originally the local butcher) is the husband of the medical secretary. He is currently an esteemed surgeon here.

    We fired one troublesome doctor who asked too many questions like - "how come all of the patients who question a certain doctor's wisdom suddenly die of natural causes?" We fired her after sbe was caught doing unethical things like consulting outside research papers or wanting patient pathology test results returned. She was disruptive in the workplace even accusing other staff members of murder.

    Phrases like "you killed my son you absolute monster" are part of the robust discourse of discussions often heard in medical circumstances.

    In fact the area needs more funding for research into the high incidence of patient deaths. We are dealing with a high proportion of people from socio-economically depressed areas.

    (This last paragraph was actually cut and pasted from a overseas regional University policy, we just changed a few words around and passed it off as ours)