27 Apr 2017
On 24 April 2014, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) received a notification alleging that Dr Gregory Duck, a medical practitioner, had bought lingerie for a patient, taken photographs of her while she was wearing the lingerie and inappropriately prescribed the patient medication.
On 5 May 2014, the Board took immediate action under section 156(1)(a) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), by suspending the practitioner’s registration and decided to investigate him under section 160(1) of the National Law.
On 20 January 2015, the Board referred the matter to the State Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) pursuant to section 193(1)(a)(i) of the National Law because it reasonably believed that Dr Duck had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct.
Late in the course of proceedings, Dr Duck admitted that he had behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct, in that he, amongst other things:
On 14 February 2017, the Tribunal found that Dr Duck had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct, in that he, amongst other things:
The Tribunal ordered that:
The decision has been published on the State Administrative Tribunal website.