Victorian GP charged with sex offences

A Victorian doctor is accused of capturing intimate images of female patients during consultations

A doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting his patient and taking intimate images of other women during consultations at a regional Victorian clinic.

The 68-year-old man is accused of conducting a female health test on a patient at Wangaratta's Ely Street Clinic without the use of surgical gloves in October, before police allegedly discovered inappropriate images of multiple female patients on his camera and computer.

The GP was suspended from practising medicine last year and on Monday was charged with sexual assault and capturing intimate images.

The investigation was sparked after one of his alleged victims noticed camera equipment during a consultation and went to police, who notified the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Additional victims were identified following a forensic examination of the computer and camera from the GP's home, police said, with date and time stamps cross-checked against appointment records.

The alleged victims are all women and can expect to be contacted this week.

"It is likely that there are other victims who, again, may be unaware the offence has occurred," Acting Superintendent Joy Arbuthnot said in a statement on Tuesday.

"I understand this will be incredibly difficult for our victims to hear and we are working with a range of other agencies to ensure the right support services are in place and they are given as much information as possible about the process from here."

There was no evidence any other doctor or staff member at the clinic was involved, police said.

Women who have noticed "anything unusual about their interaction" with the GP are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A doctor speaking on behalf of the Ely Street Clinic said the practice would be closed on Tuesday "in order to deal with the problem".

"We do not have the complete details of this alleged offence and we are not in a position to discuss any aspects of this with anyone," the clinic's statement read.

The accused GP has been bailed to appear at Wangaratta Magistrates Court on September 10.