Psychologist who had affair with transgender patient struck off for 5 years

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NSW Caselaw, February 2016

A psychologist in NSW has been banned by from registration or providing any health services for five years. The NSW Health Care Complaints¬†Commission brought complaints of unprofessional conduct and professional misconduct against Seth Talmadge. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found that the patient (who had transitioned from female to male some years ago, and de-transitioned under Mr Talmadge’s guidance, after they commenced a sexual relationship) was “very vulnerable”. It also found that Talmadge had failed to maintain professional boundaries and to refer the patient appropriately and to seek supervision and to keep records.

Read the NCAT judgement here

By J Pope

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