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Sexual misconduct: The use of chaperones to protect patients

On 11 April 2017, the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) released a report prepared by Professor Ron Paterson, being an independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia. Professor Paterson concluded that the use of chaperones where sexual misconduct allegations are being investigated does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe from predatory practitioners. Professor Paterson made a number of recommendations as a result of his review, including that chaperones no longer be used (except in exceptional circumstances) as an interim restriction whilst investigations are undertaken into allegations of sexual misconduct by practitioners and for the improvement of handling of sexual misconduct complaints. Both the MBA and AHPRA have accepted Professor Paterson’s recommendations.

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