Most women GPs suffer sexual harassment from patients during their career, according to researchers who have written a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia.
The most common concerns are requests for inappropriate examinations, inappropriate exposure of body parts and gender-based remarks.
Touching and grabbing are also problems, according to a questionnaire-based survey by Dr Peter Bratuskins of Monash University in Melbourne.
He and his colleagues report that 54.5 per cent of respondents have been harassed by a patient.
Two thirds of these say the experience has caused them to change their consulting style.
This includes a more formal manner in consultations, not performing certain examinations, keeping their personal life more private, changing their style of dress and not working after hours or alone.
Fewer than one in 10 say they have received training to relating to sexual harassment, say the authors who want action to increase awareness and support for Australian doctors.