Dr Ashraf Selim – Medical Practitioner - Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct – suspension and conditions

17 March 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) against Dr Ashraf Selim, a general practitioner in Punchbowl. 

It was alleged that in January 2019 he inappropriately prescribed oral Isotretinoin to a female patient (aged 17 years) for treatment of facial acne, on two occasions, without:

  • obtaining a proper history, including whether the patient was sexually active
  • providing sufficient information as to potential side effects including the teratogenic (malformation of an embryo) effects of that drug;
  • recommending or ordering a pregnancy test;
  • considering whether the patient should be placed on contraception.
  • referring the patient to a specialist dermatologist. 

It was further alleged that Dr Selim wrote a letter to the Royal Hospital for Women in which he deliberately failed to disclose that he had prescribed Isotretinoin to the patient and that he also made inadequate medical records.

In its decision of 12 March 2021, the Tribunal determined that Dr Selim’s conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct, noting that he posed a risk to public health and safety and a risk that he would probably act in his own interests ahead of the interests of the patient.

The Tribunal suspended Dr Selim’s registration for a period of 3 months. It ordered that he must undergo further education during this suspension and following the suspension that he be subject to conditions which require that he :  

  • Attend a Psychologist at regular intervals;
  • Practice no more than 8 hours per day;
  • Treat no more that 4 patients in any hour and 32 patients in one day;
  • Practise under Category B supervision;
  • Submit to a random audit of his medical practice;
  • Not undertake circumcisions or insertion of IUD’s; and
  • Undergo a performance assessment

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw

Further Information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.

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