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Australia's Toxic Medical Culture


Australia's Toxic Medical Culture

International Medical Graduates and Structural Power

von: Vicki Adele Pascoe

83,29 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 11.10.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9789811324260
Sprache: englisch

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This book explores dominance in Australia’s medical culture through the positioning of international medical graduates (IMGs). It argues that IMGs are ‘othered’ and ultimately positioned as an underclass, a positioning validated and reinforced by the intersecting inequalities of class, race and nation.It also suggests that the positioning of IMGs is organised through the dimensions of structural power, hegemonic power and interpersonal power, which allow an exploration of power relations between the structures of the health system, the Australian medical profession and the agency of IMGs. The Australian narrative presented to the world espouses a community of social justice and human rights. Instead, an historical lens traces the formation and persistence of difference represented in ethnocentrism, racism and xenophobia from 1788 to the present.The research presented is multidisciplinary in scope. An anti-oppressive theoretical framework enables the voices of lived experience to penetrate throughout and a social justice platform engages the participants and the reader into the interwoven conversations. The data set comprises a focus group, 10 individual interviews with IMGs and a selection of inquiry submissions revealing rich and sometimes shocking evidence to paint a stark picture. Other medical voices join the conversation via media responses to revelations of experiences not only by IMGs but also by Australian-trained doctors. It exposes a toxic culture endemic with bullying and sexual harassment.This book is of interest to practitioners, researchers and administrators in the fields of medical education, human resource management, legal studies, health sciences, social sciences, health services, government departments, universities and hospitals, as well as those tasked with duty of care and the provision of a safe workplace. The voices gifted to this study raise awareness of current issues within medicine in Australia at a very personal level and begin to formulate a policy and practical response to address these disturbing revelations.
Introduction: Welcome to Australia, the Land of a Fair Go For All.- Chapter 1:The Pathway to Find the Voices.- Chapter 2:The Lucky Country: IMGs and the History of Ethnocentricism, Xenophobia and Racism.- Chapter 3:Policies, Processes, Poppycock and Dimensions of Power: Structural, Hegemonic and Interpersonal.-  Chapter 4:Medical Dominance and the Creation of Toxic Culture.-Chapter 5: The Representation of IMGs as Problematic.- Chapter 6: IMGs and Intersecting Inequalities, Class, Race and Nation.- Conclusion: Where to From Here? Transformation or a Very Wicked Problem.
Dr Vicki Pascoe has over twenty years’ experience in tertiary education, teaching in the fields of Indigenous Australian studies, education, sociology and communications. Dr. Pascoe has received two awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the International Award for Excellence for the top-ranked article, 2008 from the International Journal of Learning. Dr. Pascoe’s research interests include medical dominance, bullying and sexual harassment.
This book explores dominance in Australia’s medical culture through the positioning of international medical graduates (IMGs). It argues that IMGs are ‘othered’ and ultimately positioned as an underclass, a positioning validated and reinforced by the intersecting inequalities of class, race and nation.

It also suggests that the positioning of IMGs is organised through the dimensions of structural power, hegemonic power and interpersonal power, which allow an exploration of power relations between the structures of the health system, the Australian medical profession and the agency of IMGs. The Australian narrative presented to the world espouses a community of social justice and human rights. Instead, an historical lens traces the formation and persistence of difference represented in ethnocentrism, racism and xenophobia from 1788 to the present.

The research presented is multidisciplinary in scope. An anti-oppressive theoretical framework enables the voices of lived experience to penetrate throughout and a social justice platform engages the participants and the reader into the interwoven conversations. The data set comprises a focus group, 10 individual interviews with IMGs and a selection of inquiry submissions revealing rich and sometimes shocking evidence to paint a stark picture. Other medical voices join the conversation via media responses to revelations of experiences not only by IMGs but also by Australian-trained doctors. It exposes a toxic culture endemic with bullying and sexual harassment.

This book is of interest to practitioners, researchers and administrators in the fields of medical education, human resource management, legal studies, health sciences, social sciences, health services, government departments, universities and hospitals, as well as those tasked with duty of care and the provision of a safe workplace. The voices gifted to this study raise awareness of current issues within medicine in Australia at a very personal level and begin to formulate a policy and practical response to address these disturbing revelations.
Exposes the underlying problems of a powerful medical eliteIncludes a historical analysis of the Australian nation’s foundations of racism, xenophobia, and ethnocentrismUtilizes lived experiences to offer readers a personal appreciation of the damage caused by a toxic culture

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