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Health Ombudsman v Wood [2019] QCAT 35

The matter of Health Ombudsman v Wood was heard by Deputy President Judge Allen in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). The Tribunal found the practitioner had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct, was reprimanded and disqualified from applying for registration for a period of twelve months.

On 7 February 2019 the Health Ombudsman referred this matter to QCAT regarding a health practitioner having engaged in professional misconduct by reason of his failure to maintain professional boundaries with a patient. A relationship developed between the health practitioner and a patient that went beyond the appropriate therapeutic nurse-patient relationship.

The Health Ombudsman submitted that the health practitioner’s conduct constituted professional misconduct.

In this matter, the practitioner admitted his conduct amounted to professional misconduct.

On 5 March 2019, the Tribunal delivered its findings that the practitioner behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct, reprimanded him and disqualified him from applying for registration for a period of twelve months.