Prevent workplace bullying

Prevention of workplace bullying conference

ANMF (Vic Branch)

Workplace bullying is a significant psychological hazard and a risk to the health and safety of many nurses, midwives and carers and it should not be tolerated in any workplace.

Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that bullying does not occur. Efforts should be made to create a workplace environment where there are good management practices, effective communication and where everyone is expected to work and behave professionally and treat each other with tolerance, dignity and respect.

  • You witness a fellow nurse taken into a manager’s office, and aggressively confronted with allegations, with no opportunity to respond, time and again…

  • You see your colleague systematically undermined by being provided with incomplete information and then being disciplined for not fully completing their job…

  • You hear rumours and innuendo about your co-worker being spread by another co-worker…

  • You observe a member of your team being asked to undertake menial tasks, or tasks that are well beyond their capacity and scope…

  • You notice your teammate being excessively scrutinised in relation to their performance, and being questioned over and over…

All of these examples potentially constitute workplace bullying, and can have psychological and physical consequences. People who have been bullied often experience stress, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, which can manifest physically in the form of stomach aches, headaches and other symptoms.

Bullying in the workplace can have a seriously detrimental effect on morale, sick leave rates, staff retention and turnover, and potentially increased workers compensation costs and occupational health and safety prosecutions.

Aimed at all levels of nursing and midwifery, the ANMF (Vic Branch) Prevention of Workplace Bullying Conference will feature expert speakers who will:

  • explain what bullying is (and isn’t)

  • provide strategies to prevent bullying and deal with bullying issues

  • outline relevant laws, and

  • explain how ANMF can assist

Please note that this conference will not address specific grievances related to workplace bullying.

ANMF (Vic Branch) Prevention of Workplace Bullying Conferences are held annual and reviewed in On The Record.

Future ANMF (Vic Branch) Prevention of Workplace Bullying Conferences will be detailed in the events and conferences calendar.