Published with open accesss in the Medical Journal of Australia on 27 July 2020: Sexual misconduct by health professionals in Australia, 2011–2016: a retrospective analysis of notifications to health regulators, by Marie Bismark & others assesses the numbers of notifications to health regulators alleging sexual misconduct by registered health practitioners in Australia, by health care profession.
The authors summarise their results as follows:
Regulators received 1507 sexual misconduct notifications for 1167 of 724 649 registered health practitioners (0.2%), including 208 practitioners (18%) who were the subjects of more than one report during 2011–2016; 381 notifications (25%) alleged sexual relationships, 1126 (75%) sexual harassment or assault. Notifications regarding sexual relationships were more frequent for psychiatrists (15.2 notifications per 10 000 practitioner‐years), psychologists (5.0 per 10 000 practitioner‐years), and general practitioners (6.4 per 10 000 practitioner‐years); the rate was higher for regional/rural than metropolitan practitioners (aRR , 1.73; 95% CI , 1.31–2.30). Notifications of sexual harassment or assault more frequently named male than female practitioners (aRR , 37.1; 95% CI , 26.7–51.5). A larger proportion of notifications of sexual misconduct than of other forms of misconduct led to regulatory sanctions (242 of 709 closed cases [34%] v 5727 of 23 855 [24%]).