Should the term 'mate' be banned?

A memo sent to health workers in northern NSW earleir this month banned the use of terms of affection or endearment such as 'mate' and 'darling' following several complaints from patients.

The memo from Northern NSW Local Health District to allied health and community care stafff said the actiion was being taken to "reinforce...the need for professional language within the workplace at all times".

"The utilisation of this language within the workplace at any time is not appropriate and may be perceived as disrespectful, disempowering