Sexual harassment of Australian female general practitioners by patients

Peter A Bratuskins, Heather A McGarry and Stephen J Wilkinson
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11855
Published online: 7 October 2013

To the Editor: In 2010, an Australian survey was undertaken to examine the nature and extent of female general practitioners’ experience of sexual harassment by patients and how they respond to such episodes. Previous research has shown the high prevalence of sexual harassment or abuse of medical practitioners, but little is known about the nature of harassment and responses of individual practitioners.1-3

  • Peter A Bratuskins1
  • Heather A McGarry2
  • Stephen J Wilkinson3

  • 1 Department of General Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Surrey Hills Medical Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Department of General Practice, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.


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