Family affair: Medical board issues new warning on sexual boundaries

It wants feedback on a draft update to its sexual boundaries guidelines

Doctors are being cautioned against sexual relationships with patients' family members, carers or guardians under a draft update to the Medical Board of Australia's guidelines on sexual boundaries.


For the first time, the guidelines include advice on relationships with “individuals close to the patient”, including spouses, carers, guardians and family members, and in the case of child patients, parents.

“Engaging in sexualised behaviour with an individual close to a patient may affect the judgement of both the doctor and the other individual and as a