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Videos to support you

In our a commitment to create a culture of Respect. Always! within optometry, we have developed a suite of videos to help support members in situations where they may experience discrimination and/or harassment in the workplace.

In the videos, our Optometry Advisors Sophie Koh, Lyn Hsieh and Ben Hamlyn address what optometrists can do if they experience or observe discrimination happening either from a patient or within their workplace. They also explore what health professionals’ obligations are in these situations and what resources Optometry Australia has to help.

What can I do if I experience discrimination and/or harassment from a patient?

Do I have an obligation to see a patient if I feel they are displaying discriminatory and/or aggressive behaviour towards me?

What can I do if I have observed discriminatory and/or aggressive behaviour made towards a colleague?

What can I do as a practice manager or owner?

How can Optometry Australia help?

Where to find help

If you are subjected to, or witness, this type of behaviour in your workplace, we encourage you to talk to your manager or if you prefer, you can obtain complimentary confidential advice from Industry Legal Group, you can contact our Optometry Advisor Help Desk, you can access our Member Assistance Program which offers all members access to qualified counsellors to participate in three coaching and counselling sessions annually or you can contact Lifeline or 1800Respect.

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