Standards and behaviour expectations

Curriculum, policies and guidelines have been developed to articulate standards and behaviour expected of Fellows and trainees when conducting their professional duties.

Professional Qualities Curriculum

The Professional Qualities Curriculum outlines learning objectives and associated knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours required and used by all physicians and paediatricians within Australia and New Zealand regardless of their specialty. This includes:

  • respect for and acknowledgement of professional contributions of all others in the workplace, including office staff and employees
  • no tolerance in the workplace of unacceptable behaviour including bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment
  • supporting colleagues who are affected by unacceptable behaviour

See Respectful Behaviour in College Training Programs, our statement on expected standards of behaviour.

Professional Practice Framework

The Professional Practice Framework describes the professional behaviours to support physicians in conducting safe, high quality practice. Examples of behaviours related to physician training and practise include:

  • providing clear and accurate information to a patient that is understandable
  • reviewing and evaluating their practices against peers and best practice standards
  • working effectively and cooperatively with other health professional colleagues to ensure that patient care is seamless

RACP Code of Conduct

The RACP Code of Conduct defines expectations of directors and members in how they show respect for others by: 

  • acting honestly
  • treating all other persons with dignity, fairly, courteously and respectfully
  • not using offensive language or behaviour in the workplace
  • not engaging in any form of unlawful discrimination
  • not engaging in any form of bullying and harassment, physical or verbal, which a reasonable person would deem to be unwelcome, offensive, humiliating, or intimidating
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