Dr Keith Ian Brennan – Professional misconduct – registration cancelled

12 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) against Dr Keith Ian Brennan, a general practitioner. The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to a number of boundary violations with a female patient. The conduct included:

  • making inappropriate comments to Patient A during a number of consultations;
  • pursuing a personal, intimate and sexual relationship with Patient A;
  • inappropriately and sexually touching Patient A during a number of consultations; and
  • providing misleading responses to the Commission.

Decision

In its Stage 1 decision, the Tribunal found Dr Brennan guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal found ”that [Patient A] was more honest in her evidence and generally a more reliable witness than [Dr Brennan]”.

On 12 December 2017, the Tribunal ordered that Dr Brennan’s registration be cancelled and that he not be able to reapply until after 14 July 2018. The Tribunal recommended that Dr Brennan undertake a course in medical ethics with particular emphasis on professional boundaries should he make an application for re-registration.

Further Information

The Tribunal has not yet published written reasons for its decision. A link to the reasons will be uploaded by the Commission once the reasons are published.

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.