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Speaking up in medical settings

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Wallace Wurth Building

61-63 Botany Street

Randwick, NSW 2031

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Have you ever sat quietly while a tutor made comments that had you seething? Wanted to stick up for another student being humiliated by a mean consultant but weren't sure if it was appropriate? Wanted to tell a colleague that their sexist/racist jokes are not welcome, but don't want to make your working relationship weird? Ever just felt a bit off about something but weren't sure whether to accept it as 'the way things are'?

Though many of us want to change the culture of medicine, we don't always know how to do this in a way that's both effective and maintains relationships with others. When we haven't practiced routinely speaking our minds about what we know to be right, we often find ourselves tongue-tied and flustered, or deny our own responsibility to do something in an ethically difficult situation. Yet research shows that by practicing putting our values into action, we can often resolve problems in a way that helps others, leads to better medical care, and helps change the culture by creating higher standards of behaviour.

In this workshop, especially for Stage 1 students, we will work through a series of steps to respond to challenging aspects of medical culture. We will practice how to think through some common ethically compromising situations, how to anticipate what the response of the other party will be, and how to create a shared understanding of what needs to change.

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