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Whistleblowing Women

Australian women who blow the whistle on corruption in their workplaces.



4:13 AM on June 17, 2011 by [email protected]

Great website yours sincerely, Tommy Buchwald

Sandpiper - Brisbane

6:53 PM on December 13, 2010

1. Thank you to Robina for this site and "Teachers are Blowing their Whistles".

2. As has been said below "Look out for Your health" as you can hardly blow a whistle if you are sick.

3. When you are well (an that can take ages) find ways of going forward in small, small steps.

---- You are on a different journey now.---This is where this site helps, as you know you are not the only one and you are NOT crazy. I have been going for approx. 3 years now, not for compo or my job back (that is not going to happen) but for the Principle of the situation. I was well as soon as I stopped working in the toxic environment. (With some medication and counselling (Private -Not Govt. HR ). I knew to get away as this had happened 12 years ago when I got really, really sick. Not going to happen a second time!!! But I got bad advice from QTU and resigned so now I only have 4-6 months left to do anything but a Private Lawyer can't do much because I resigned.

Sandpiper - Brisbane

6:24 PM on December 13, 2010

With regard to Education and QTU ----- teachers be aware that if you have a dispute with the Principal, the Union is unable to help you as they have a huge conflict of interest. Just go straight to a private lawyer before the situation gets complicated. P.S. Dept. HR are hardly impartial either.

Karen Maree Smith

6:49 PM on December 1, 2010

To Barbara and Jillian

I am sorry (not surprised) to hear of your terrible experiences. You are not alone and SING receives many stories from Queensland public sector employees. The life of a Whistleblower can be a lonely and difficult road.

Over the period of time that I was a Public Interest Whistleblower, I often felt very much alone. As you have now discovered - there is much more support out there than you expected. We, the founders of Whistleblowing Women (WW) are all hoping that WW and the other relevant website links provided, will be of great support for those women speaking out or contemplating speaking out. Please spread the word to your colleagues about WW.


4:25 PM on December 1, 2010

To Barbara & Jillian,

Yes, the experience is horrific. I've heard the same story so often, just the names change. Please know that you are not alone. I don't mean to take away from your story but to encourage you that you aren't the only ones. The whole process is so corrupted and so many excellent workers suffer just like you.

This is a horrible process to go through. And yes, I've been unable to recover from my injury also. It is like a bad dream having to disprove the ongoing lies. If you are able, try and talk to others like yourselves. Keep your health protected and take care of yourselves. It is all about self-preservation. If you can fight, do what you can. The more people speak out the better chance there will be of exposing the horribly sick and perverted system.


11:59 AM on November 28, 2010 by [email protected]

Great to find this site. I am real hesitant to reveal much as I have sufferred so much. I love my work and I love being a nurse/midwife but I hate the politics. I no longer feel safe to tell my story as nothing seems to happen except you are seen as the bully, the F*^#ed in the head employee, the cranky one, too old to change and anything else that devalues you that gives credibilty to bad managers who are poor clinicians. The only career path they can take really! What is the aspirations of this group?

Jillian Larsen

8:01 AM on November 28, 2010 by [email protected]

Hi .. I am so pleased to have found this site. I was a employee of Pathology Qld for 14 years and worked at PAH. I have been out of work since May this year. I had a breakdown because of what happened to me working for QLD Health and after councilling can only just talk about it a little. I am trying to find work in other areas altogether but have no self confidence left. My job was a Training Coordinator and I was responsible for 50+ staff. It was a responsible position and I loved the work. Unfortunately the way I was treated by upper management over the years wore me down to such a state I collasped at work sent to ED and it took 2 hrs to revive me. I nearly died. # months later after vomiting blood caused by work stress I had to have corrective surgery (cost $4,000) workcover denied claim. Bullying, insults, lies were just day to day events and upper management just didn't care in fact they were responsible for most of it as were HR. I am trying so hard to move on yet as I type this I still cry and wish for the strong woman who loves people to come back ... I am trying so hard to find her again.