Regional doctor guilty of sex with vulnerable patient
A married Queensland doctor who had sex with a vulnerable female patient and then lied to cover it up has had his registration cancelled.
Dr Ali Al Moosawi worked as a locum general practitioner in a Queensland regional town between August, 2013, and October, 2014.
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that he had sex with the young woman in his accommodation unit, behind his medical practice, on October 29, 2014.
Dr Al Moosawi had denied it, but the tribunal found he lied about it.
He had claimed the woman had framed him and the sex wasn't possible, because of his erectile dysfunction at the time.
But Judge John Allen found Dr Al Moosawi had phoned the woman on her mobile phone and sent her several text messages to set up their sexual encounter, using the number she provided as a patient.
Dr Al Moosawi had denied making any calls or texts.
The woman said he had told her he wore blue medical gloves during three sex acts, saying it was so there would be no trace whatsoever of her bodily fluids on him.
She later told a friend she felt "repulsed, dirty and used" by the sex and she reported him.
Judge Allen said the tribunal found Dr Al Moosawi had behaved in a way that amounted to professional misconduct and he had shown no remorse.
He had breached the professional boundary between himself and the patient, and interfered with her capacity as a witness, in the investigation by the Office of the Health Ombudsman.
"The sexual relations occurred on one day only, but the boundary violation was a serious one," Judge Allen said.
"It involved the exploitation of a vulnerable patient for (Dr Al Moosawi's) sexual gratification and left the patient feeling used by (him)."
He had shown no evidence of remorse or insight during the disciplinary proceedings, the tribunal found.
The Iraq-trained doctor, who immigrated to Australia in 1995, previously worked in hospitals in Goulburn, Shepparton and Bendigo and as senior medical registrar at Melbourne's Austin Medical Centre.
He began doing locum work in rural Queensland in 2011 and from 2012 to 2015 he was supervising and teaching medical students and postgraduate medical officers.
Since 2014, Dr Al Moosawi has been a GP at Kilmore Medical Practice, in Kilmore, Victoria.
On December 9, the tribunal cancelled Dr Al Moosawi's registration, disqualified him from applying for registration for three years, from December 25, and publicly reprimanded him.
Originally published as Doctor guilty of sex with vulnerable patient