Doctor shortage leaves sexual assault patients waiting hours

Queensland: Delays in treatment add to the trauma of assault, report says

More doctors will be trained in sexual assault medical examinations in the wake of a Queensland report revealing those affected have been subjected to delays because of a lack of trained staff.

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Sexual assault patients are being forced to wait hours in clothes they were attacked in before being assessed at hospitals across the state, an auditor-general’s report has found.

In some cases, they are turned away because staff don't know how to carry out the forensic medical examination needed by police to