Equal Opportunity and Professional Conduct


Professional conduct - It's not optional

Behaving professionally and appropiately in the workplace is not optional. Some types of conduct are unlawful a breach of hospital policy. There are several sources guiding us about our behaviour.

BHS Policies (only avaliable on the hospital intranet)


Do you need to talk to Someone

If you believe you are experiencing an Equal Employment Opportunity issue or a problem with another staff member's conduct it is important that you try and resolve the issue as soon as possible.

In general, it is usual for a staff member to approach their manager in the first instance to discuss problems they are having at work. You may also wish to contact the Human Resources Department and speak to your designated Human Resources Consultant, or another appropriate Human Resources staff member.

To help resolve your issue, it is helpful to ask yourself what outcome you are looking for. For example, do you simply want to find out what your options are for managing your issue yourself? Do you want a third party to help you to discuss the issue with the other person involved? Do you want to make a formal complaint?

It is a good idea to keep a record of incidents - you may wish to use the Conduct Record template provided here.

What is Workplace Bullying?

"...Bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety. Bullying can occur wherever people work together. Whether it is intended or not, bullying is an OH&S hazard..." (WorkSafe)

Workplace bullying can be:

Intended: where actions are intended to humiliate, offend, intimidate or distress, whether or not the behaviour did in fact have that effect.
Unintended: which although not intended to humiliate, offend, intimidate or distress, did cause and should reasonably have been expected to cause that effect.


Types of Bullying Behaviour

Bullying can happen in many different ways, for example face-to-face, over the telephone, online (eg. via social networking forums), via email or during daily work activities.
    Examples of Direct and Indirect Bullying.

    The impact of bullying can cross a wide spectrum from minor annoyance through to serious effects on an individual's health and wellbeing. 

    Each individual will react differently to bullying and in response to particular circumstances.

    What is NOT Bullying?•Examples of Situations

What is Discrimination? 

Under federal and state legislation, unlawful discrimination occurs when someone, or a group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of a protected attribute specified under anti-discrimination or human rights legislation.
Discrimination can occur in recruitment and selection, terms conditions and benefits offered, provision of training, transfer and promotion, retrenchment or dismissal.

List of Protected Attributes / Personal Characteristics 

What is Harassment?

Unlawful harassment occurs when someone is made to feel intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of a protected attribute specified under anti-discrimination or human rights legislation.

Harassment can also be any form of behaviour that is not wanted, not asked for and not returned that is in breach of the BHS Workplace Conduct or EEO policies.

Sexual harassment is unlawful. Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which a reasonable person could anticipate would possibly offend, humiliate or intimidate. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or written/visual. Staff and volunteers have same rights and responsibilities in relation to sexual harassment legislation.
Page Credits:  This information was provided by BHS Occupational Health and Safety. For additional information please refer to the BHS intranet site.