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CCCA welcomes Senate Inquiry in to bullying in Medicine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Chinese Community Council of Australia (CCCA) welcomes Senator Nick Xenophon’s and Senator John Madigan’s call for a Senate Inquiry into “Bullying in Medicine“ The Inquiry will examine whether there were any barriers to reporting harassment (SBS News 2 February 2016). CCCA congratulates the Senators’ initiatives and it is gratifying to know that it would include the role of the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in investigating complaints. CCCA has received several complaints from medical practitioners who were previously unable to voice their opinions in public; some of these cases date back decades. Those who are coming forward now claim that their medical careers were ruined. In particular, Dr LF Ng (Oncologist) and Dr Bo Jin (Endocrinologist) have claimed to be victims of bullying. If such bullying is substantiated then the community will have been deprived of the services of these highly trained and skilled doctors, with the damage to their personal lives and careers being immeasurable. The National President of CCCA, Dr Anthony Pun, OAM said “The medical profession and their colleges, by and large, are shining stars in our community, both nationally and internationally. I am saddened to hear these stories with documented evidence from complainants about a possible culture of bullying which goes against our Australian ethos of egalitarianism and a fair go, particularly in the public health system”. Our organisation will be writing to Senator Xenophon and Senator Madigan to request a consideration into widening the terms of reference to include whether this bullying has a racial basis. It is hoped that the Senate Inquiry will be a catalyst to creating awareness of the behaviour of bullying and if bullying is proven to compensate the victims financially, emotionally and for the loss of their self-esteem and hopefully to bring about a healthy change of culture for the good of the profession.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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