Unprofessional behaviour in Australian hospitals

Anthony Scott and Danny Hills
Med J Aust 2021; 214 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50891
Published online: 18 January 2021

Inappropriate behaviour harms health workers and patients, and evidence‐based solutions are needed

Health care is the largest employment sector in Australia, more than 1.7 million workers (14% of all employees).1 Incivility, bullying, aggression, and negative workplace cultures seem endemic and have repeatedly been associated with poor workforce and clinical outcomes, but high quality evaluation of interventions for eliminating these behaviours are rare.2,3,4

  • Anthony Scott1
  • Danny Hills2

  • 1 Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Federation University Australia, Ballarat, VIC


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