Of Australia’s 106,857 registered medical practitioners, 47 have chaperoning restrictions on their registration (0.04%). Chaperoning restrictions are used as an interim measure while investigations into allegations of serious misconduct continue. Restrictions are published on the online Register of practitioners.
The Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA are commissioning an independent review on the use of chaperoning restrictions, stating:
While chaperoning is widely used by regulators internationally, this independent review will assess its effectiveness in keeping patients safe in Australia.
The review will be led by Professor Ron Paterson who is Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School. He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner 2000-2010 and New Zealand Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013-2016.