Of Doctors By Doctors: International

Following their research into sexual abuse in the medical profession,  A/Prof Louise Stone, Prof Kirsty Douglas, and Prof Christine Phillips are extending their work with an international collaboration. The new book will feature research teams from over 15 countries, engaging with the sociocultural, geopolitical and historical contexts that impact the narrative journey of doctors who have been sexually harmed by other doctors. 

About the project

Of Doctors By Doctors: International is a research anthology, allocating a chapter to each collaborator or group of collaborators. It is comprised of 3 key sections:

Section 1: Context

This section provides a brief holistic introduction to the issue of sexual harassment of doctors by doctors in a broadly international scope.

Chapters include:



The History of Women in Medicine

De-Gendering the Medical Curriculum

Section 2: Interdisciplinary Lenses

This section discusses the dilemmas encountered at different systemic levels when attempting to address the issue of sexual harassment of doctors by doctors.

Chapters include:


Organisational Behaviour

Regulatory Bodies

Medical Education

The Role of Men


Integrating Interdisciplinary Lenses

Section 3: International Perspectives

This section presents case studies from different countries around the globe, aiming to provide insight into the cultural, sociohistorical, and institutional influences on the narrative trajectory of sexual harassment of doctors by doctors. Each chapter features:

  • a description of the cultural contexts in which the case study takes place
  • the case study, loosely following the methodology of Stone, Douglas, and Phillips (2019)
  • A reflective essay, using the case study and context to guide analysis and reflection on that country’s achievements, failures, barriers, and potential new directions to prevent and manage the sexual harassment of doctors by doctors.

What’s changed?

The sexual harassment of doctors by doctors involves multiple dilemmas across multiple actors, and as such, sophisticated and effective solutions require rich understandings of this complexity. By expanding the focus of their initial pilot study to include broader contextual elements, as well as implementing cross-cultural collaboration, the project aims to provide a more reflexive and in-depth understanding of the narrative trajectory of doctors who have experienced sexual violence.

Movements such as #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, #BadMedicalStudent, and #BeyondZeroTolerance have exposed entrenched toxicity across a range of workplaces, and a variety of approaches to addressing abuse. The approach of this book is shaped by the editors’ recognition of the sociocultural and regulatory complexities embedded in sexual harm between doctors, and their deep conviction that solutions will be found through understanding contextual factors and exploring diverse perspectives. This book engages with doctors and experts in non-medical fields alike, recruiting the efforts of researchers in areas where funding for projects like this is limited or non-existent. We aim to respectfully elevate the voices of a diverse corps of researchers, on a topic so often relegated to silence.

The hope of the project leads is that this intersectional approach to international research will provide perspective on the range of factors that can influence the efficacy of efforts to address sexual assault of doctors by doctors; by generating an anthology of narratives and situating them within their cultural contexts, the project aims to provide a complex guide for policy-makers, educators, activists and the medical community alike.

Contributors to Of Doctors By Doctors: International

We believe that a core principle of attempts to address sexual violence in any community should be respectful and meaningful collaboration. We are very conscious that our core editors are all white Australian GPs, and that as such our perspectives could potentially dominate the conversation. This is why we are asking for researchers from all areas of the globe and from different disciplines to talk about their own communities, to balance our perspectives and provide as representative a book as possible.

We have secured researchers from over 15 countries (highlighted in teal), and are still in the process of confirming the contributions of other researchers.

Our contributors in Sections 1 and 2 hail from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK, and come from a range of different disciplines including law, medical regulation, organisational psychology, medical education, psychiatry, and gender medicine.

The chapters in Section 3 are organised by WHO region, and are the greatest source of diverse perspectives in this project. These chapters currently include researchers from:


  • Nigeria
  • Zambia

Western Pacific

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • South Korea


  • United States of America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Mexico


  • Austria
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Russia

Confirmed Contributors

We are privileged to include in this project a number of prestigious contributors. Below we recognise the contributors who have confirmed their intentions to work on this project, listing their names and the chapters that they are undertaking.

This page is regularly updated as our work with contributors progresses.

Our Editors

A/Prof Louise Stone

A/Prof Louise Stone (MBBS BA MPH MQHR PhD FRACGP FACRRM) is a GP, medical educator and qualitative health researcher with a clinical, teaching and research interest in mental health. Louise is currently a GP in Canberra, the GP research co-ordinator at the Academic Unit of General Practice, Australian National University, and a Medical Advisor for GP training at the Department of Health, Commonwealth of Australia. Her recent PhD, with the Centre of Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney, explored the way novice and experienced GPs assess and manage patients with medically unexplained symptoms.

Prof Kirsty Douglas

Prof Christine Phillips

Prof Christine Phillips (MBBS BMedSc MA MPH DipEd FRACGP) is Professor of Social Foundations of Medicine at the Australian National University. She is a general practitioner with a background in anthropology and public health.  For her professional work as an advocate for women in medicine she was a finalist for the ACT Woman of the Year, and her work in refugee health led to her inclusion in the National Women’s Archive.

Our Contributors

Section 1: Context

Introduction: Prof Christine Phillips, Prof Kirsty Douglas, A/Prof Louise Stone

Intersectionality: Prof Petra Verdonk

The History of Women in Medicine: Dr Clarissa Fabre

Gender in Medicine: Prof Christine Phillips

De-Gendering the Medical Curriculum: Dr Deb Colville

Section 2: Interdisciplinary Lenses

Law: Prof Ian Freckelton

Organisational Behaviour: Prof Rosalind Searle

Regulatory Bodies: Dr Alison Reid

Medical Education: Dr Janusz Janczukowicz

The Role of Men: Dr Rachel Roberts, Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

Therapy: A/Prof Leslie Flynn, Dr Amber Hastings-Truelove

Integrating Interdisciplinary Lenses: Dr Rachel Roberts, Dr Sanjv Ahluwalia

Section 3: International Perspectives


Nigeria: Dr Dabota Yvonne Buowari

Zambia: Dr Jane Kabwe, Dr Ketty Lubeya

Western Pacific

Australia: Prof Kirsty Douglas, Prof Christine Phillips, A/Prof Louise Stone

South Korea: Dr Bong-Ok Kim, Dr Hyun-Young Shin

Japan: Dr Takashi Watari


Germany: Dr Sabine Oertelt-Prigione

Sweden: Dr Marta Kisiel

Russia: Dr Larisa Skuratovskaya

Austria: Dr Heidi Siller

UK: Dr Clarissa Fabre


Argentina and Uruguay: Dr Ana Beatriz Cosel Zampieri

Brazil: Prof Claudia Paola Carrasco Aguilar

Mexico: Dr Diana Guizar

USA: Dr Christine Heisler, Dr Melissa Blaker, Dr Elizabeth Stephens, Dr Michael S. Sinha, Dr Kate Walsh, Dr Pringl Miller, Dr Sarah Temkin

Contributors needed

In the interest of representing a diverse and balanced set of perspectives, we welcome contact from researchers who we do not already have within our network. However, this project is being published as a book, and as such we have a limited amount of chapters available. If you are a researcher from any of the countries in the following WHO regions, please reach out to us:

Eastern Mediterranean

  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

South-East Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • North Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste

If you are a researcher in any of the above countries, please get in touch using the form at the bottom of the page.

What if my chapter isn’t on your list?

Although we have necessary restrictions on the content included in the book itself, this project is part of a broader international dialogue, and we want to continue its momentum. Therefore, if you are a researcher or an expert in a subject that is not provided for within our chapter briefs, please reach out to us, as we intend to use this site to continue to update research relating to this project even after publication of the book itself.

How you can help

Are you a researcher who wants to contribute to the book? Are you representing a foundation who wants to partner with our project?
Or are you simply passionate about the project and hoping to help out however you can?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us, and don’t forget to spread the word using the hashtag #ofdoctorsbydoctors