In September 2006, 19-year-old Brodie Panlock ended her life after enduring ongoing humiliating and intimidating bullying by her co-workers at a café in Hawthorn. Her death is a tragic reminder of the serious consequences that bullying can have on victims, their families and the community.
- Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying,Safe Work Australia
- Preventing psychological injury under work health and safety laws, Safe Work Australia
- Workplace bullying and violence – Infographic, Safe Work Australia
- Workplace bullying support pack, Comcare
- Brodie’s Law website
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[Opening visual of Damian and Rae walking and talking together. Text comes on screen saying ‘On the September 20, 2006, nineteen year old Brodie Panlock, after being subjected to relentless bullying in her workplace, jumped from the top level of a multi-storied car park in Hawthorn. She died three days later in The Alfred hospital.]
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You know, some people think that bullying is just a bit of banter here and there, but it can be very devastating. I never thought in my wildest dreams that Brodie would take her own life because of what was happening to her and it does show so much how it can really have that impact on your state of mental health.
She was really into everything, Brodie. She was everything from a Gumnut Guide. She played soccer. She played footy with the boys, basketball, netball, singing lessons, you name it.
It was like she wanted to fit everything into she possibly could when she was young.
Brodie was a very strong person. She always used to look after other people and really step in when anyone was having a problem. So that's why we couldn't understand why or what was going on with these people with Brodie.
What they did was they broke her.
That someone can actually contrive to damage someone so badly that they'll take their own life.
It's broken our hearts.
And I'm afraid that Brodie was naive. She thought she could stand up to these people.
She never ever told us what was going on.
Bullying is definitely, it's interfering with other people's property. It's putdowns. It's spreading rumours about that person. It's isolating them for things that are going on within the workplace.
It can be physical. No matter which way it is, it's not right.
I think conversation is a big thing with young people. They don't do enough of it.
If I'm having a problem, I need to talk to someone that I respect, that I think will listen to me. Your parents, a good friend, a teacher, your boss, HR if you're working.
Let them know that if it's a problem, you've got to say something.
If you think something's going on, you need to come forward. There'd be nothing worse than coming into work one day and that person doesn't turn up for work because they're here no longer. And you sat back and you think I knew what was going on but I did nothing.
And it's easy I guess to just walk away. It's easy to think, well, it's not my problem. I don't want to lose my job or I don't want to get myself into trouble. That's how a lot of people feel.
If you're standing up for someone and you're standing up for your rights, and I know how hard it would be, you definitely could be saving someone's life.
I think we need a lot more empathy. It's definitely a cultural change. We need to be aware of how our actions can impact on other people.
There's nothing nicer when someone asks you that simple words 'are you okay?'
Don't ever feel you're on your own because you're not.
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[Slide with text saying ‘Workplace bullying is against the law. It should never be tolerated.’, ‘For advice on preventing and managing workplace bullying contact your local work health and safety regulator or go to: www.swa.gov.au’, ‘If you need help call lifeline on 131114 or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636’]
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