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. Their new book will feature research teams from all around the world, facilitating a diverse anthology of research exploring the issue of sexual assault of doctors by doctors in a variety of geohistorical and sociopolitical contexts.
About the project
Of Doctors By Doctors: International is a research anthology, allocating a chapter to each collaborator or group of collaborators. Each of these chapters will feature:
- an in-depth description of the sociohistorical, geopolitical and cultural context of the region where the case study is being undertaken
- a case study loosely following the methodology of Stone, Douglas, and Philips (2019), available here.
- a reflective essay to create space for the researchers to share the way that their own country has experienced and responded to the cultural and professional challenge of sexual abuse of doctors by doctors, in their own country.
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.
An introductory section also engages cross-disciplinary experts on the contexts surrounding sexual violence, including histories of regulatory responses, international law, and disparities in responses to violence against Indigenous women and women who migrated from other countries.
This book attempts to engage 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, and respectfully elevating the voices of a demographically diverse corps of researchers.
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. To that end, we have approached researchers from over 20 different countries, and are still in the process of confirming the contribution of some of our collaborators.
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
- United States of America
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
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.
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 following countries, or an expert in any of the following subjects, please reach out to us.
Chapters pending confirmation
- Medical Regulation
- Human Resources
- Gender and Sexual Diversity
- Colleges and Guilds
- Racial Diversity
- LGBT+ Experiences
- United Arab Emirates
- The Netherlands
If you are a researcher in any of the above countries, or are an expert in any of the above fields, please get in touch. Please note that in the interests of performing an appropriately rigorous intersectional approach, we are now prioritising the voices of researchers from marginalised communities (e.g. researchers who are gender diverse or sexually diverse, researchers who have disabilities, or researchers who are Indigenous or First Nations peoples).
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