The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) today released the report Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia and have accepted all its recommendations. The review found the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe.
The report recommends three areas for regulatory reform:
- no longer using chaperones as an interim restriction while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated
- establishing a specialist team within AHPRA working with the MBA to improve handling of sexual misconduct complaints, and
- strengthening monitoring and providing more information to patients in the exceptional cases when chaperone conditions are in place.