FORMER University of Newcastle associate professor and gynaecologist Richard Reid has been granted bail after appearing in court charged with sexually assaulting a former patient.
Dr Reid, 77, of the Central Coast, must provide a $50,000 surety before he can be released after his first appearance at Waverley Local Court today charged with sexually assaulting a woman eight times at his Edgecliff medical practice between 2010 and 2014.
Dr Reid spent Monday night in custody after attending Waverley Police Station on Monday where he was arrested and charged after a woman reported allegations to police in November, 2018.
The woman patient, 64, alleged she was sexually assaulted while receiving treatment at the Edgecliff practice while in her late 50s, and 13 years younger than him.
Dr Reid was charged with eight counts of aggravated sexual assault of a woman under his authority.
A Waverley Local Court magistrate granted bail on condition he live at a Central Coast address, report daily to Toukley police, surrender his passport and not approach international ports of departure.
A NSW Police Media statement on Monday night said Mr Reid was charged following extensive inquiries by officers attached to Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command.
In September, 2018 the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal said it would have deregistered Dr Reid if he had not already retired, after considering complaints by women patients implanted with a pelvic mesh device by him at Sydney Private Hospital.
The tribunal made a number of findings against Dr Reid in relation to medical practice, including that he had lacked honesty, "effectively abandoned" a woman patient with serious complications after pelvic mesh surgery, misrepresented himself as a professor and associate professor, "flagrantly ignored" conditions over his practice and exhibited "zeal" for a surgical theory practised by only two or three other gynaecologists in the country.
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission case against Dr Reid at the tribunal considered his recommendations for surgery using the Australian-invented Tissue Fixation System pelvic mesh device and the outcomes for 17 women patients.
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