BANNED: Dr examined Trans man’s genitals without consent


trans man's genitals QCAT banned dr

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has banned a doctor from working in hospitals for at least two years. The decision followed a number of complaints, including the doctor conducting a ‘forcible examination’ of a trans man’s genitals.

QCAT undertook the hearing after the doctor appealed working conditions imposed on him by the Medical Board of Australia. The tribunal heard evidence of complaints against the doctor at different hospitals and medical practices. His ‘communication style’ inspired complaints from both patients and nurses over his 16-year career in Queensland and interstate hospitals.

Forcibly examined trans man’s genitals

QCAT examined two incidents that occurred at a hospital in Brisbane’s outer suburbs.

In one incident a trans man attended the hospital’s emergency department because of a possible seizure. He had previously been diagnosed with a neurological disorder. The doctor undertook an examination which the patient described as ‘rough and painful’.

A tribunal member detailed the distress caused to the patient, referred to as ‘B’, when the doctor incorrectly diagnosed a rare degenerative nerve condition.

“[The doctor] disclosed this to B in the middle of the night with an air of triumph and left some pages about the condition, printed from Wikipedia, on B’s bed.

“The most concerning aspect of the treatment of B, however, was his forcible examination of B’s genitalia.”

After questioning B about his genitals and sexual history, the doctor twice asked to examine the trans man’s genitals.

Despite B refusing consent, the doctor pulled his pants down and briefly looked at his genitals. He later claimed he conducted the examination for self-education.

QCAT ruling

A tribunal member stated that despite the doctor’s good theoretical knowledge, he was not as good a doctor as he thought he was.

“The applicant has a long history of unsatisfactory performance in hospitals, as detailed in the earlier reasons, including reacting badly to supervision, failing to consult supervisors and failure to comply with directions given to him. At times he appeared to take the attitude that, because of his long experience and learning, he knows better than others in more senior positions in the hospital. He also has a history of behaving badly towards those in subordinate positions, such as more junior doctors and nurses.”

The tribunal ruled that the doctor may not work in a hospital setting for two years from the date of the hearing.

He can work in private practice subject to the approval of the tribunal. However, he cannot be the only medical practitioner on site.

The doctor currently works at a medical centre in Hervey Bay.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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1 Comment

  1. Chyna
    11 July 2021
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    Totally outrageous. I hope of charges sexual assault were laid.

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