Dr Ibrahim Hanna – Professional misconduct

12 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Ibrahim Hanna, a registered neurologist before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to a personal relationship Dr Hanna developed with a female patient (‘Patient A’).

The complaint alleged that Dr Hanna and Patient A met a number of times for coffee, where Dr Hanna gave gifts to Patient A, exchanged multiple text messages, and that they engaged in intimate kissing on a number of occasions. Dr Hanna admitted a number of the allegations and admitted that his conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

Decision

In its Stage 1 decision of 17 November 2017, the Tribunal found Dr Hanna guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  

On 13 December 2017, the Tribunal published its Stage 2 decision and ordered that Dr Hanna be reprimanded and that conditions be placed on his registration for a period of 12 months. The conditions relate to ongoing attendances with his treating psychiatrist. Suspension and cancellation of registration were considered by the Tribunal, but it ultimately decided  that the circumstances did not warrant such action as “it accepted Dr Hanna’s expressions of remorse and contrition as genuine” and “highly unlikely that the practitioner would offend again by committing a boundary violation”. The Tribunal noted that Dr Hanna took responsibility for his inappropriate conduct and took appropriate steps to understand what led him to transgress in the manner he did and to remedy this.

Further Information

The Stage 2 decision is available at NSW Caselaw

The Stage 1 decision is also available at NSW Caselaw

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.