Last year, NSW Health surveyed a large number of JMOs about issues impacting on their well being, and the results, which were released several months ago, highlighted a number of significant problems. One of these was the issue of bullying and harrassment. The survey results suggest that JMOs at Westmead are more likely than average, to experience or witness bullying and harassment in the workplace.
In response to this, the hospital has commissioned an external consultant, Dr Jo Hely, to help unpack this problem by talking to JMOs, identifying common themes and seeking solutions from the JMO body. Dr Hely will be at the hospital for 4-5 days spread out over the next month during which she will facilitate focus groups and conduct one on one interviews. This has already occurred with the pre-vocational trainees on 17th July, and each of the major training programs will also be targeted.
Individuals are welcome to meet with Dr Hely and this should be organised through Loren Cleaves (Loren.Cleaves@health.nsw.gov.au, 88905005), who will liaise directly with Dr Hely. Naturally, all conversations will be completely confidential.
So, if you are intern or RMO and want to contribute but missed out on 17th July, feel free to contact Loren Cleaves or Dr Baker and we'll organise it for you.
Read Westmead's Chief Medical Officer's comment about this here
It you are interested in BPT training and want more information about what the college requirements are in your RMO1 year, there was a representative from the college talking about this very issue at Midday 19th June in Lecture Theatre 3 for 30 minutes.
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This was useful for RMOs who have already signed up with the college, who are still not clear on what the college expects of you this year – and also for interns, if you are interested in BPT training and wanted to find out more about the expectations in your RMO year.
The presentation was given by Isabel Roos – the RACP Member Support Officer. She was friendly and informative and can be contacted on Isabel.Roos@racp.edu.au
Cristina Ciobanu – our current Medical Clinical Superintendent - was also on hand to answer questions. The clinical super – if you didn’t know - is the person who organises the BPTs, so an important person to be aware of. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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