Professional codes of conduct expressly proscribe entering into a sexual relationship with a current patient, but the position is less clear concerning former patients
All 15 regulated health professions in Australia have profession‐specific codes of conduct which expressly proscribe entering into a sexual relationship with a patient. It is widely accepted that such conduct is so serious that it amounts to professional misconduct in most circumstances. However, the position is less clear concerning former patients. This article considers guidance from tribunal level health disciplinary decisions on when a person is a former patient, and when a sexual relationship with a former patient will nevertheless be misconduct.
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