Bullying: call for ombudsman

MEDICAL educator and GP Dr Kimberley Ivory says the way to stamp out bullying in medicine is to make it everyone’s responsibility to report bad behaviour.

The senior lecturer in population medicine at the University of Sydney suggests adopting new appraisal systems for medical supervisors, with zero tolerance for offenders.

“Training in respectful communication could be made mandatory for all teachers and supervisors,” Dr Ivory says. “Feedback and appraisal mechanisms can be built into performance reviews and accreditation processes.

“Providing an independent