02 May 2017
A former medical practitioner has been reprimanded and disqualified from applying for registration after admitting to a sexual relationship with a patient.
In July 2016, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) referred Dr Arvid Linde, a psychiatrist, to the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (the tribunal) alleging, among other things, that he engaged in professional misconduct in that he failed to maintain professional boundaries and inappropriately engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient.
On 4 April 2017, the tribunal found that Dr Linde behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct in that he:
Dr Linde had surrendered his registration with the Board the previous day.
The tribunal reprimanded Dr Linde and disqualified him from applying for registration as a health practitioner for 15 months from 4 April 2017. He was also ordered to pay the Board’s costs.
The tribunal noted that had Dr Linde still been registered, the seriousness of the admitted conduct was such that the Board would have asked that his registration be suspended for 15 months.
Dr Linde admitted early on that his personal relationship with the patient did involve a sexual element.
By way of mitigation, he submitted, among other things, that:
Reasons for the tribunal’s decision are published on the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia website.