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A former Hawthorn doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 50 female patients has been found unfit to stand trial, but will be the subject of a special hearing to determine whether he committed the alleged offences. The alleged victims of Con Kyriacou, 76, have been told that the hearing is unlikely to happen until 2021 and they are furious the matter was not referred to police when allegations were first made to the medical watchdog in 2016. Police were not made aware of Dr Kyriacou’s alleged crimes until they were revealed in a report that prompted dozens more women to come forward. The County Court ruled that Dr Kyriacou was not capable of giving evidence or briefing his lawyer after independent neurological testing confirmed he suffered from cognitive impairment. The Office of Public Prosecutions has told the alleged victims that a special hearing in the County Court can make only a qualified finding of guilt that does not amount to a conviction. Dr Kyriacou is unlikely to be jailed if found responsible, but could be sent for supervision at Thomas Embling Hospital. The former GP faces 34 charges, including three of rape, related to 15 women who allege he sexually assaulted them between 1978 and 2004 while they were medically examined. But at least 51 women have provided statements to detectives at Box Hill sexual offences and child abuse investigation team, who are expected to lay dozens of additional charges. Dr Kyriacou worked for decades as a GP at a Barkers Road clinic until 2017, when he voluntarily withdrew from the register of medical practitioners while under investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

A s.185 (Enterprise agreement) application from RR Lifestyle Support Limited for the Royal rehab Lifestyle Support Enterprise Agreement 2019 (Social, community, home care and disability services) has been ratified by Fair Work Deputy President Mansini in Melbourne on 22 August 2019.

A s.225 (Application for termination of an enterprise agreement after its nominal expiry date) from the Women’s Health Queensland Inc T/A Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc for its Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc Enterprise Agreement 2010-2014 (Social, community, home care and disability services) has been agreed by Fair Work Commissioner Booth in Brisbane on 22 August 2019.

Accuro Home and Community Care Pty Ltd has a s.372 (Application to deal with other contravention disputes) with which it must deal in front of Vice President Catanzariti in chambers in Sydney (Williams).

Activ Foundation Incorporated will counter a s.372 (Application to deal with other contravention disputes) before Deputy President Beaumont in the Fair Work Commission 111 St Georges Terrace Perth today (Piestrzeniewicz).

Support Angels Bendigo will face a s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) today before Fair Work Deputy President Masson at the Bendigo Magistrates Court 71 Pall Mall Bendigo Vic 3550 (Wearne).

A Sydney doctor who was struck off for prescribing “hillbilly heroin” to 25 patients without authority has won the right to resume practising medicine. Quakers Hill GP Mohammed Sadiq Asar has been cleared by the Civil Administration Tribunal to be reinstated as a medical practitioner, ending a two-year ban. Dr Asar was also separately criticised for writing a letter for his former patient Roger Dean that gave him “revolving door” access to prescription drugs at a nursing home, where he went on to murder 11 people in a fire.

Accuro Home and Community Care Pty Ltd has a s.372 (Application to deal with other contravention disputes) with which it must deal in front of Vice President Catanzariti in chambers in Sydney (Williams).