10 Nov 2017
The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal (tribunal) has reprimanded a former psychiatrist, Mr Julian Norman Grant Kent and permanently disqualified him from applying for registration as a medical practitioner
Following an investigation, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) filed a complaint with the tribunal alleging that Mr Kent had sexual relationships with three vulnerable patients.
Before the tribunal, Mr Kent admitted to professional misconduct by engaging in sexual relations with:
The sexual intercourse with the patients took place in the consulting room, and with one patient, at other locations.
On 20 October 2017, the tribunal found Mr Kent had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct and ordered that he be permanently disqualified from applying for registration as a medical practitioner and permanently prohibited him from providing any health services that use his skills and knowledge gained as a medical practitioner. He was reprimanded and ordered to pay costs of $25,000.
Mr Kent surrendered his registration in January 2012 when the Board started its investigation.
The tribunal will publish the full decision on its website.