EMHS and RACS team up to create a safer work environment

Photograph of EMHS / RACS agreement signing
December 5, 2017

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) today signed a Statement of Intent with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) aimed at building respect and improving patient safety.

The collaboration under the RACS 2015 Action Plan: Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety, represents a shared commitment by the organisations to address discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in surgery and the health sector.

The agreement will ensure that EMHS and RACS collaborate on developing programs and processes to deal with unacceptable workplace behaviour, support greater diversity and increase focus on education and training.

Dr Stephen Rodrigues, Chair of the RACS WA Committee, said that it was vital that medical colleges and hospitals worked together to create safe training and work environments, free from discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.

“In the past, bullying has been a real problem in surgery and in the heath sector as a whole. It is essential, not only for the wellbeing of our entire workforce but for the wellbeing of our patients too, that we work together to build a culture of respect where all healthcare professionals can realise their full potential free from discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment.”

EMHS Deputy Board Chair Suzie May said the Board, Executive and staff are committed to providing a safe and supportive workplace.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to work towards our shared goal of a workplace free of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment,” Ms May said.

“Our staff are our greatest assets and EMHS is committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe and supportive working environment for our people, who dedicate so much of their lives to help others.”

“We know that staff welfare and quality patient care go hand-in-hand. Providing a safe and supportive workplace not only benefits our staff, but also improves patient outcomes.”