Female doctors in suburban Melbourne are at risk of “dangerous and unacceptable situations” by a convicted sex predator making appointments only with women, the AMA says.
The Australian Medical Association Victoria issued warnings for the convicted criminal in August and again early in December after “several” GPs had appointments with the man.
“AMA Victoria has been contacted by some of our GP members who work in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. We understand that several female GPs have been exposed to unacceptable behaviours by a particular male patient,” president Lorraine Baker said in a statement.
“This person specifically requests to see female GPs. It is alleged that this person has a sexual offence record. The police have been informed, but appear limited in their powers to assist.”
Dr Baker says GP clinics are usually be considered “very safe places” to work, however there was a danger in one-on-one appointments.
In August, AMA Victoria warned members of the 40-year-old requesting to see only female GPs.
“The male usually rings and says: ‘Dr X has seen me in the past and can I make another appointment to see her’,” the warning read.
It’s been reported the man lives in Corella Place, a sex offender facility at Ararat run by Corrections Victoria.
A Corrections Victoria spokeswoman said the department closely managed offenders on post-sentence supervision orders, whose conditions are set by the courts.
“This is a civil scheme for individuals who have completed their time in jail and would otherwise be in the community with no supervision at all,” she said in a statement.
“The management of serious sex offenders has been strengthened in recent years, with police and Corrections Victoria given stronger powers to manage offenders in the community.
“Work is currently underway to implement reforms to the post-sentence regime which will provide even greater protection for the community from our most serious offenders.”