Dr Jereth Kok has been cancelled. Your support is needed to help Dr Kok defend himself in court.
In 2017 and 2019, anonymous activists targeted Jereth because of his conservative and Christian views on social media. Jereth is a competent doctor. Jereth was liked by his colleagues and patients. Jereth provided care to hundreds of patients every month at a family practice without a single complaint. Despite Jereth’s skills, reputation and absence of a single patient complaint, the Medical Board of Australia barred Jereth from practicing medicine in 2019. Jereth has been in legal limbo for 4 years, awaiting a tribunal hearing. Jereth needs your help to get the best legal assistance for his hearing, and help to ensure that other Australians won’t be treated the same way.
Read Jereth’s story below.
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Dr Jereth Kok has fallen victim to the same ideological intolerance that has ensnared footballer Israel Folau, actress Gina Carano, pastor Margaret Court, and author J. K. Rowling.
Unknown to Jereth, in late 2017 and again in 2019, activists made anonymous complaints to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) about Jereth’s private Facebook page and comments on a Christian blog site about issues like marriage and gender theory.
AHPRA conducted a prolonged, secret investigation into Jereth’s online history, and in mid-2019 the Australian Medical Board decided that Jereth should be suspended immediately, without full investigation and trial, because of the perceived harm to the public interest arising from Jereth’s views. Jereth’s satisfied patients were suddenly deprived of their trusted doctor and his single-income family was financially shipwrecked, despite no patient of Jereth’s ever complaining about his clinical practice.
The Medical Board particularly targeted Facebook posts and an article in a Christian newspaper that stated Jereth’s Christian convictions on abortion, marriage, sexuality and transgenderism. The Board alleged that Jereth’s views were demeaning and contrary to accepted medical practice. They also took other words out of context as a basis to accuse Jereth of expressing dangerous and violent views.
AHPRA continued to monitor Jereth's social media use during his suspension, and are now also accusing Jereth of misconduct on the basis of posts, memes and articles relating to the COVID-19 lockdowns and public health orders.
Four years after being suspended, Jereth continues to await a hearing at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Jereth will need to be defended before the tribunal.
Jereth has engaged the help of the Human Rights Law Alliance, a not-for-profit law firm specialising in religious freedom cases. HRLA will be working for Jereth on a heavily discounted basis. But Jereth needs to engage experienced barristers and experts to run the best case possible for himself and other doctors. Your contributions will ensure that he is well resourced to take on the might of the government funded Medical Board.
Jereth can’t defend himself alone – He needs your help.
Legal challenges are expensive. The Medical Board has Government funding behind it, but Jereth is struggling to finance even his family’s basic needs at the moment, let alone expensive litigation.
You can help Dr Jereth Kok in his legal effort and protect other Christian professionals from suffering the same fate. Please prayerfully consider this need.
If just 3000 people give $50 each, our goal will be met.
All money raised will be put into a legal trust account to run Jereth’s case. Any leftover funds will be donated to the general work of HRLA.