A survey of workplace bullying in a health sector organisation

Alison Rutherford, Chris Rissel

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The purpose of this study was to explore the frequency, nature and extent of workplace bullying in a health care organisation in New South Wales. The survey methodology achieved a 79% response rate (n = 311). Overall, 155 respondents (50%) reported that they had experienced one or more forms of bullying behaviour in the past 12 months. The largest reported source of workplace bullying was peers or fellow workers (49%), followed by clients (42%) and managers or supervisors (38%). Only 36% of respondents who had been bullied had formally reported the episode. The level of bullying reported was unexpectedly high and will require development of strategies to address the issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


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