Dr Sharif Fattah – Medical Practitioner – Cancelled registration and prohibition order

10 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Sharif Fattah, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). Dr Fattah was convicted in August 2019 of 13 counts of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent and 5 counts of aggravated indecent assault. The offences were committed against 10 patients and occurred between September 2016 and March 2017, whilst Dr Fattah was working as a general practitioner in Camden, New South Wales. Dr Fattah received a total sentence of 16 years and 6 months imprisonment with a non-parole period of 11 years, commencing on 11 October 2017.

In its September 2021 decision, the Tribunal cancelled Dr Fattah’s registration and ordered that Dr Fattah not be permitted to apply for re-registration for 12 years. The Tribunal further ordered that Dr Fattah be prohibited from any “health service” as defined by s 4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (NSW) for the same period.

In making these orders, the Tribunal found that Dr Fattah’s conduct was a gross breach of the trust bestowed upon him as a doctor and a gross breach of professional standards, and protective orders were necessary to maintain public confidence in the profession.

The full Tribunal decision can be found on 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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