Chaperone review

Find out more about Professor Paterson’s review of the use of chaperones to protect patients

In August 2016 the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) 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.

The review was undertaken by Professor Ron Paterson, an international expert on patient rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. Our office provided Professor Paterson with the secretariat for the review.

There were 45 submissions made to Professor Paterson as part of the public consultation process.

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


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