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Doctors’ criminal law duty to report consensual sexual activity between adolescents: legal and clinical issues

Ben Mathews and Lena A Sanci
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51163
Published online: 19 July 2021

Laws requiring doctors to report consensual adolescent sexual activity present legal, clinical and ethical problems

Many Australian teenagers engage in consensual sexual intercourse with similar aged peers.1 They require confidential medical care, including contraception and sexually transmitted infection testing. However, adolescents’ rights to access medical care may confront legal barriers.

  • Ben Mathews1,2
  • Lena A Sanci3

  • 1 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • 3 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC


Correspondence: b.mathews@qut.edu.au

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