Date: 17 July 2018
In March 2018, the Medical Board of Australia (MBA), supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), announced that they had implemented the final recommendation of the Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia (the Chaperone Review).
As a result, from March 2018, links to tribunal decisions where there were no adverse findings against a doctor were being published in AHPRA’s public register of practitioners.
The RACGP was made aware of this issue in July 2018. The RACGP wrote to AHPRA, strongly recommending that the decision to link tribunal and court decisions to the public register where allegations against a practitioner had been disproven, be reversed as a matter of urgency.