Islamic State doctor once worked at Mackay Base Hospital

Dr Tareq Kamleh
Dr Tareq Kamleh Facebook

UPDATE: HEALTH department officials have confirmed the doctor who has been featured in an Islamic State propaganda video worked at Mackay between February and December 2013.

Mackay Base Hospital child and adolescent health director Dr Michael Williams said Dr Tareq Kamleh worked at Mackay Base Hospital as a paediatric registrar for the 10 months in 2013.

“During his time with the health service he was a very good and caring doctor who related well to patients and other staff,” Dr Williams said.

“He was friendly and affable and practiced a good standard of medicine.”

Dr Williams said a year was the standard appointment for a registrar.

In a statement health authorities said no further comment would be made at this stage. It also requested the privacy of staff and patients was respected.

EARLIER: A DOCTOR who has appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video once worked in Queensland, at Mackay Base Hospital.

Perth man Dr Tareq Kamleh, who graduated from medical school at Adelaide University in 2010, is believed to have worked at Mackay Base Hospital from 2013.

It is believed the paediatrician worked at the Queensland hospital after his contract expired at the Women's and Children's Hospital in South Australia, where he had worked since 2011.

It is unclear at this stage how long he worked in Mackay.

The propaganda video shows Dr Kamleh holding a newborn baby at a hospital in Syria, where he calls on other medical professionals to join.

He said in the video he was offering his medical services as part of his jihad for Islam.

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