Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients

In August 2016, the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency commissioned an independent review into the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia.

The purpose of the review was to consider whether, and if so in what circumstances, it is appropriate to impose a chaperone condition on the registration of a health practitioner to protect patients while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated, and to recommend whether changes to regulatory practice, and the National Law, are needed to better protect patients and the public.

The review was undertaken by Professor Ron Paterson, an international expert on patients rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. The National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner provided Professor Paterson with the secretariat for the review.

The review was completed in February 2017 and Professor Paterson’s report is now publicly available.



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