Sex offender ‘lying’ to gain medical appointments with female doctors

Corella Place
Corella Place

A RESIDENT of Ararat Hopkins Correctional Centre’s sex offender residential unit, Corella Place, has prompted a warning to female doctors regarding his alleged “unacceptable behaviour”.

The Australian Medical Association’s Victoria branch has warned its members that a sex offender had been allegedly lying about his medical history to gain appointments with female GPs in Melbourne.

AMA Victoria did not specify that the 40-year-old man, with convictions for rape and stalking offences, lives at Corella Place.

A Corrections Victoria spokesperson did not deny that the subject of AMA Victoria’s warning was a Corella Place resident. 

Corella Place is a unit outside of Ararat prison’s walls that houses sex offenders who have completed their sentences but have been deemed too much of a risk to be allowed to live in the wider community.

Due to court orders, Fairfax Media cannot name the man and AMA Victoria has been prohibited from releasing his identify to GPs.

AMA Victoria president Dr Lorraine Baker said the organisation had been contacted by GPs in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

“We understand that several female GPs have been exposed to unacceptable behaviours by a particular male patient,” Dr Baker said.

“This person specifically requests to see female GPs. The police have been informed, but appear limited in their powers to assist.

“This is a serious issue.

“Female GPs and female GP registrars who are in training are being exposed to dangerous and unacceptable situations in their workplaces.”

Dr Baker said she had particular concern for teenagers and children present at medical clinics and the potential for “dangerous situations” during one-one-one consultations with GPs. 

AMA Victoria emailed members in August, stating the sex offender had “been calling medical practices and requesting to only see 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’.”

Corrections Victoria has been asked to comment on allegations that the Corella Place resident breached the terms of his court order by attending GP appointments without a supervisor.

A spokesperson said offenders under supervision orders were checked for compliance.