The Department of Health and Human Services and WorkSafe Victoria have collaborated to create a bullying and harassment awareness campaign called Know Better, Be Better aimed at all healthcare workers and leaders in Victorian public health services.
Why 'Know Better, Be Better'?
Every year, one in six healthcare workers report they’ve been bullied at least once. One in ten healthcare workers has been sexually harassed. Bullying and harassment can cause serious health issues in our workplace.
Workplace bullying and harassment can cause physical and mental health issues including high blood pressure, skin and gastrointestinal problems, headaches, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
The healthcare sector suffers from this toxic culture.
We all need to work together to stop inappropriate behaviour.
The campaign Know Better, Be Better includes resources and information to ensure all healthcare workers are aware of the behaviours that are defined as bullying and harassment, of the relevant workplace procedures, and of the importance of working together to eliminate inappropriate behaviours.
Understanding bullying and harassment
What is the difference between workplace bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour? What are the contributing factors and how do I recognise if I am contributing to bullying, harassment or inappropriate behaviour?
Actions and reporting behaviour
What can I do if I think I am being bullied or harassed? What should I do if I suspect that my own behaviour towards another may have been bullying or harassment? Will reports remain confidential?
Support and guidance
It’s important to get the right help and, depending on your situation, it might be appropriate for you to seek guidance internally or from another organisation.
Legal, management & workplace considerations
Bullying and harassment can be controlled by taking appropriate measures including Implementing and promoting workplace bullying policies and procedures, monitoring the health and safety of workers, monitoring conditions at the workplace and providing appropriate information, instruction, training a...
Reviewed 15 November 2021