RMIT is one of 10 organisations who have signed a pledge to say no to workplace violence, bullying and inappropriate behaviour in the dental profession.
In an Australian first for the health sector, dental professions have signed a joint position statement against bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour.
It is the first time any group of health professionals have come together to say no to inappropriate workplace cultures in such a powerful way.
The signing was witnessed and endorsed by Victorian Health and Emergency Services Minister Jill Hennessy.
Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) CEO, Dr Deborah Cole, said the Statement is an important first step towards transforming the dental profession into an even better place to work in.
“It is important that staff across the State in oral health environments feel empowered and encouraged to make each day better than the day before,” Cole said.
“As public health workers, we have a responsibility to provide a safe and high quality environment for staff and patients,
"I congratulate all the signatories on their commitment and dedication in making a giant leap in stamping out this behaviour for the protection of our staff and our industry as a whole.
"Today we say no more. Not on our watch. Not in our profession.”
The following organisations have signed the pledge:
- Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association Inc.
- Australian Dental Association Victoria
- Australian Dental Council
- Australian Dental Prosthetists Association
- Australian Dental Services Association Victoria
- Dental Health Services Victoria
- Dental Hygienists Association of Australia
- La Trobe University
- RMIT University
- University of Melbourne
Story: Suzana Talevski, Dental Health Services Victoria