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Aussie doctor tries to hide his sex convictions.

An Australian-Iranian doctor who tried to hide conditions placed on his practice after he sexually assaulted two female patients has been banned from practicing medicine in the state of New South Wales.

Fareed Bahrami altered copies of his registration card, replacing the word "conditional" with "general" in an attempt to give the impression of a clean record, the Medical Tribunal of New South Wales (NSW), located in southeastern Australia, heard.

When Bahrami was convicted in the District Court of sexually assaulting two female patients, he was allowed to return to work in 2003--but only under strict provisions; he was required to attend psychiatric counseling and he was forbidden from consulting, treating or examining any female patient unless a third person was present.

Since then, he has worked for the Advanced Medical Institute, a national chain of clinics that promotes a nasal spray for impotence.

But the Iranian refugee, who trained in New Zealand before moving to Australia, wanted to pursue a career in ophthalmology. He applied to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) in 2003 and 2005 to begin training after altering a copy of his registration card to say "general."

One of the prerequisites in applying for an ophthalmology registrar was that applicants were required to be eligible for "general," unrestricted practice. But when he re-applied in 2006, his registration card showed his status was "conditional" and the discrepancy from previous applications was revealed. The NSW Medical Board was informed and last year his application to begin training in 2008 was denied.

Bahrami told the Medical Board "shame and embarrassment associated with perhaps having to divulge my criminal conditions" had led him to deceive RANZCO.

In May 2002, Bahrami was convicted in the NWS District Court of sexually assaulting two female patients after he was convicted of having inappropriately touched both patients, rubbed his penis against the first and placing the other's hand on his penis before asking if he could "pull her pants down."

Bahrami is barred from reapplying to work as a doctor for a minimum of three years.
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Title Annotation:Diaspora: Around the globe
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Aug 22, 2008
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