26 Mar 2018
The Medical Board of Australia, supported by AHPRA, has implemented the final recommendation of the Chaperone Review.
The Medical Board of Australia, supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), has today implemented the final recommendation of the Chaperone Review and added to the information published on the national online Register of practitioners.
In August 2016, the Medical Board of Australia and AHPRA commissioned an independent review of the use of chaperone conditions as a regulatory tool to manage allegations of sexual misconduct.
In March 2017, AHPRA and the Board committed to making wide-ranging reforms to their management of sexual misconduct cases, as recommended by independent reviewer Professor Ron Paterson in the chaperone review report.
We have now implemented all Professor Paterson’s recommendations by including links from individual medical practitioner listings on the national online register of practitioners to published disciplinary (tribunal and court) decisions.
‘Good medical practice is all about a partnership between doctors and their patients, based on trust. This change will give patients better access to public information about doctors who have been involved in disciplinary action, so they can make more informed decisions about their care,’ said Dr Joanna Flynn AM, Chair of the Medical Board of Australia.
‘It’s good to see all the actions I called for to better protect patients are now in place,’ said independent reviewer Professor Ron Paterson.
‘Putting links to published disciplinary decisions and court rulings on the online register will enable concerned patients to check relevant information for themselves. Patients and the public will be better informed and protected by these changes to the management of sexual misconduct cases.’
The national online Register of practitioners contains accurate, up to date information about the registration status of all 678, 938 registered health practitioners in Australia. It is an important way the National Scheme helps keep the public safe.
The register will now display links to externally published court and tribunal decisions about individual registered medical practitioners who have been involved in disciplinary action with the Medical Board of Australia or AHPRA, when the decisions are public but not when suppression orders are in place.
There are now live links on the register to disciplinary decisions involving medical practitioners that have been made since February 2017 to now. Over the next year, links to relevant court and tribunal decisions about medical practitioners dating back to the start of the National Scheme in 2010 will be added. New decisions will be added as they are received.
‘This change will not affect the vast majority of doctors who routinely provide high quality, safe care to their patients. But it will give the community easier access to information that is already public, so they can make an informed decision about their medical care,’ said AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher.
Are all the recommendations from the chaperone report now implemented?
Yes. All recommendations are now being implemented. In addition to the update to the Register of practitioners, progress since the last update includes:
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