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One-time Geelong City Medical Clinic doctor Joseph Farai Chirawu, 66, employed at the Ryrie St clinic is currently suspended by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and can not practice in Australia. The Geelong Advertiser understands one of Dr Chirawu’s alleged victims is a female patient.Lawyer for Dr Chirawu, Ryan Robertson, said: “(the) allegations are adamantly and vigorously denied and will be contested in court.”A Victoria Police spokeswoman said a 66-year-old Highton man was charged in relation to incidents in 2012, 2020 and 2022. “Police have charged a man following reports of sexual assaults at a medical facility on Ryrie Street in Geelong,” the spokeswoman said. “A 66-year-old Highton man was charged with indecent assault in relation to an alleged incident in 2012 and a sexual assault in relation to an alleged incident in 2020.“The man was also charged with sexual assault in relation to an alleged incident in 2022.“He was summonsed (sic) to appear before the Geelong Magistrates’ Court 11 February 2022.“As the matter is before the court, we won’t be providing any further comment.”Dr Chirawu is due to face the Geelong Magistrates’ Court on April 28. Geelong Addy’s newslettersIn July last year police were investigating reports of a sex assault at a Geelong medical clinic including incidents that reportedly occurred in 2012 and 2020.Dr Chirawu was registered to practice in Australia in August 2005 and his registration was due to expire in September last year, according to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (AHPRA) website.He has 35 years of experience as a GP, according to the FindATopDoc website.A spokesman for the AHPRA and the Medical Board of Australia said a national board had the power to suspend a practitioner’s registration while it investigates the practitioner.“It can only suspend if this is absolutely necessary to protect the public or it is otherwise in the public interest and only to enable more information to be gathered,” the spokesman said. “A tribunal has the power to suspend a practitioner’s registration if a board refers a matter involving professional misconduct to the tribunal. Tribunal decisions are usually public.” According to the AHPRA website, Dr Chirawu attained a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Bombay University in India in 1980, and can speak Shona and other African languages.He completed a fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2006 according to AHPRA.A spokeswoman for the Geelong City Medical Clinic said: “The practice has no comment to make.”Stay Informed Geelong Advertiser



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