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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 28(1)

A survey of workplace bullying in a health sector organisation

Alison Rutherford and Chris Rissel

Australian Health Review 28(1) 65 - 72
Published: 2004


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.

Full text doi:10.1071/AH040065

© AHHA 2004

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