The need for and use of chaperones in the medical profession is a challenging issue for all concerned and one that CHF supports the investigation of. Due to the short timeframe in which submissions were called for we have not had time to consult our members explicitly on this submission. However, the use of chaperones was highlighted in a recent consultation we conducted regarding the accreditation of GP practices. During this consultation consumers discussed they feel that patients should be made aware of the need for a chaperone and what this entails before they interact with the practitioner. That the issue has arisen both in the media and in our consultation around GP accreditation prior to this we strongly support the review into the protocol and would be happy to offer our assistance to the review should further advice from the perspective of healthcare consumers be of interest.