The AMSS became aware of an incident in a Year 3 lecture. The issue was taken seriously by the JEO and VPE and escalated to the Year 1-3 coordinator, the MBBS Program Coordinator, the Dean of the Medical School, and the Executive Dean of the Faculty Health and Medical Sciences.

Due to the sensitive nature of the content, a detailed summary of all actions taken is not suitable for a public forum. If you would like further details or more specific help please contact the VPE directly at vpe@amss.org.au You may also consider accessing resources listed in the Health & Wellbeing section of this website.

The general concerns raised were:

1. Concerns about student wellbeing following the incident

-- This included students feeling unable to contact any staff member about their concerns, due to fear of repercussions of being identified, as they felt bullied, intimated and vulnerable

2. Concerns about appropriate action towards both students and staff involved

-- This includes: supporting the student voice, accountability of staff, and the nature of a letter sent to students following the incident.

3. Preventing similar events from occurring in the future

The AMSS has represented students on this issue through our appropriate channels. This was a labour-intensive and detailed project with some positive outcomes. The VPE is happy to be contacted and receive further input if students have further feedback.

If you have further concerns please contact the VPE directly at vpe@amss.org.au You may also consider accessing resources listed in the Health & Wellbeing section of this website.

An excerpt from an email written by the VPE: "At this stage I remain concerned about student wellbeing, and I am worried about the impact of this letter on my peers (particularly the phrasing and insertion of the misconduct link). I have unfortunately had to spend a lot of time responding to distressed students regarding this incident. All students have emphasised several times to me they feel unable to contact any staff member about these issues, due to fear of repercussions of being identified, as they feel bullied, intimated and vulnerable (combined with the general stigma associated with seeking help). Potentially, I wonder if students may be more likely to change their behaviour in a positive way if they [received] a letter demonstrating an appreciation of the intricacies of the [event] that occurred with recommendations of how the situation could be better handled [by both parties] in the future."