Female GPs speak out on sexual harassment

More than half of female GPs have been sexually harassed by a patient at least once in their career, according to a study lifting the lid on a little-acknowledged problem.

The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, showed 55% of female GPs had been sexually harassed at least once in their career, with 9% of these being harassed more than eight times.

Requests for inappropriate examinations was the most common form of harassment, followed by inappropriate exposure of body parts, gender-based remarks, sexual remarks, and touching or