GPs warned over disability discrimination

GPs have been warned they risk breaking discrimination law by tackling aggressive or disruptive patients in their practice.

The warnings are detailed in the new Guidelines for General Practices drawn up by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Aimed at ending discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation of patients, the laws mean that if a patient’s behaviour is a “symptom or manifestation” of a disability, doctors cannot discriminate.

“If the behaviour is disruptive or time-consuming, you still have a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate that person’s disability,” the guidelines say.

“If the behaviour