Caboolture health worker banned from practice over attempted oral sex with patient

A health worker in Caboolture has been banned from practice for attempting to have oral sex with a patient.

The man was working as an Aboriginal health worker at the Murri Health Group in Caboolture,  where he conducted regular health checks on patients.

About 18 months into his job, an interaction with a male patient led to him being criminally charged with two counts of sexual assault.

He has now been banned from providing health care after a ruling by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

An application was brought forward by the Office of the Health Ombudsman.

The health worker was conducting a check-up on the married father when he began a "venturesome series of acts of sexual exploration" including oral sex, according to a statement of facts tendered to QCAT.

When the patient asked what he was doing, the worker replied: "I just need to try and get some fluid out to see where the blood is coming from."

The health worker then had a second interaction with the patient in the clinic toilet.

Within 24 hours the patient complained to police and to Murri Health.

The health worker was eventually sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be suspended for two years after serving a period of three months.

QCAT has now ruled he be banned from practice because "the risk of harm in further contact between him as a health service provider and members of the public is too great to contemplate his return to any practice of this kind".

The tribunal heard the worker had a major depressive disorder with a secondary diagnosis of unresolved, untreated, moderate to severe post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to an incident in his childhood.

Source: ABC News

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