In August 2016 the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency commissioned an independent review into the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia.
The review, released publicly in early April 2017, revealed that the use of chaperones does not meet community expectations and does not always keep patients safe.
The review recommended that AHPRA no longer use chaperones as an interim restriction where a report of sexual misconduct is being investigated, establish a specialist team to work with the MBA to improve how sexual misconduct complaints are handled and reform chaperone protocols to strengthen monitoring and provide more information to patients who are seeing a medical practitioner who has a chaperone condition imposed. Additional information will include the reasons for the chaperone condition.
All recommendations have been adopted by the MBA and AHPRA.