22 Aug 2017
The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) has cancelled the registration of general practitioner Dr Muhammad Azam and disqualified him from re-applying for registration for a period of four years.
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) referred the matter to the tribunal after it received complaints in relation to two patients that Dr Azam had failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
Allegations included that:
These allegations were denied by Dr Azam.
In its first decision on 29 May 2017, the tribunal found all allegations against Dr Azam to be proven and that his conduct clearly amounted to professional misconduct.
The tribunal hearing resumed on 19 June 2017 and the tribunal issued its decision to cancel Dr Azam’s registration and disqualify him from applying for registration for four years on 28 June 2017. The tribunal also ordered that Dr Azam pay the Board’s costs.
The tribunal made the following findings:
The tribunal stated that ‘Dr Azam’s lack of remorse and insight, his continued denial of the allegations and dishonest behaviour are inconsistent with him being a fit and proper person to hold registration in the profession’.
The tribunal made further comments that it will be a matter for Dr Azam to prove his fitness to practice to the Board if he ever seeks to reapply for registration.
The reasons for the tribunal’s decision are published on Queensland’s Supreme Court Library website.