Doctors urged to speak out about chaperone system

Doctors are being urged to speak out about the AHPRA chaperone system which, campaigners say, is failing to protect patients.

There are just 47 doctors working under the supervision of chaperones in Australia — around 0.04% of the profession. 

The system is designed to allow doctors who face unproven sexual misconduct allegations to continue to practise while regulators investigate the complaints.

However, AHPRA and the Medical Board of Australia set up a review of the system last month, amid claims it was still failing to protect patients from rogue doctors.