Optometrist guilty of misconduct

A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system.
A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system. ©istockphoto/DNY59

GRAFTON optometrist David Ford has been found guilty of professional misconduct because of a sexual relationship he had with a patient in 2009 and 2010.

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Mr Ford before the Optometry Tribunal of NSW.

The prosecution related to Mr Ford failing to observe proper professional boundaries with a female patient when he engaged in an inappropriate personal and sexual relationship while working at the Eyecare Plus Clinic in Grafton.

In its decision of February 6 2012, the Tribunal found Mr Ford guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal reprimanded Mr Ford and suspended him for a period of two months, during which he is prohibited from providing any health services.

In addition, the Tribunal ordered that Mr Ford must successfully complete a course in ethics and see a psychiatrist or psychologist for minimum period of nine months or until such time and the Optometry Council of NSW deems necessary.

Topics:  optometrist

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