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As staff of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) we value Unity, Respect, Integrity and Excellence. The Code of Conduct sets out the way we conduct ourselves at RCH and is based on four values which inform and guide our behaviours.
Our values underpin everything we do at RCH. At all times we behave in a way that upholds these values both as individuals and as representatives of the RCH.
This Code applies to all employees and volunteers. Our campus partners and contractors acknowledge and observe the Code.
Whilst the RCH Code of Conduct specifies the behaviours expected of employees and volunteers, it should be read in conjunction with any professional code of conduct that is relevant to the profession of the individual.
work as a team and in partnership with our communities;
respect the rights of all and treat people the way we would like them to treat
believe that how we work is as important as the work we do;
are committed to achieving our goals and improving outcomes;
Conflict of Interest
conflicts of interest responsibly is an important part of all our values at the
A conflict of interest occurs where an employee has a personal or professional interest that could influence or could reasonably be perceived to influence the objective performance of their duties and responsibilities at the RCH. We do not, therefore, participate in
activities that involve a conflict between our duties and responsibilities.
RCH employees need to be aware of, and seek to avoid, any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest in all their dealings with internal and external parties. RCH employees do not use their power to provide a private benefit to themselves, their family, friends or associates, and family and other personal
relationships do not influence their decisions.
Some examples of how we manage conflicts of interest;
Intellectual Property generated by employees during the course of their employment with the Royal Children's Hospital will be managed consistent with the current Royal Children’s Hospital Intellectual Property Policy as amended from time to time or your current agreement.
Our responsibilities under the Code of Conduct;
RCH policies and procedures, including the Code of Conduct are integral to the RCH achieving its vision of being a ‘GREAT children's hospital, leading the
Each of us as an RCH employee and volunteer has a responsibility to abide by applicable legislation, the Code of Conduct and RCH Policies and Procedures and to ensure that others who report to us or who we are working with also comply. Breaches should be reported to our manager, team leader, or to a People and
Culture representative as soon as practicable. This includes behaviour that violates any law or regulation or represents corrupt conduct, mismanagement of public resources or is a danger to public health or safety. If you are unsure whether an action is a breach of legislation, the Code of Conduct or
an RCH Policy or Procedure you should raise the matter with your manager or with a People and Culture representative.
The RCH takes breaches of this Code and other RCH policies and procedures seriously. Employees who breach this Code of Conduct may face disciplinary action up to and potentially including termination of employment. Contractors and volunteers may also face disciplinary action,
including termination or cessation of their engagement if they breach the Code. Serious breaches of this Code may also be referred to the police if potential criminal conduct is involved.
Each employee or volunteer of RCH is also required to comply and abide by the Code of Conduct as published by the Public Sector Standards Commission. This can be found on the
Victorian Public Sector Commission web-site .