Discrimination in healthcare: Same sex medical care in special circumstances

A major Melbourne hospital will give priority to requests for female-only care on religious, cultural or personal grounds after a patient lodged a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, about her treatment when pregnant, .

A VCAT decision is not available as the matter was resolved by agreement before hearing, however the details appear in an ABC News report.

Following a review by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, the hospital is reported to have said that it would now give priority (whenever possible) to ‘requests for a female doctor because of religious or cultural beliefs or past trauma’.

With thanks to Dr Marie Bismark of the University of Melbourne, for drawing this report to my attention.

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