Mr Anthony Elliot – Professional Misconduct

07 Feb 2017

The Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) against Mr Anthony Elliot, an enrolled nurse.

The complaint of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct concerned Mr Elliot’s conduct between July 2013 and October 2014 whilst employed as an enrolled nurse at the South Coast Private Hospital. The complaint alleged that Mr Elliot failed to maintain professional boundaries by forming an inappropriate personal relationship with Patient A, a mental health inpatient requiring acute treatment.  Specifically, it was alleged that Mr Elliot:

  • discussed personal issues with Patient A including their respective marriages
  • sent 470 text messages of a personal and intimate nature to Patient A
  • took Patient A for a drive following her discharge during which he discussed falling in love with her, and
  • following Patient A’s official complaint, sent messages to Patient A blaming her for causing damage to him.

The NCAT hearing was held on 5 December 2016. Mr Elliot did not attend the hearing.

Decision

NCAT published its decision on 3 February 2017, finding the complaints against Mr Elliot proven. The Tribunal ordered that Mr Elliot’s registration be cancelled, and disqualified him from seeking registration as a nurse for a period of three years. In addition, the Tribunal made a prohibition order preventing Mr Elliot from providing all health services unless or until he is re-registered as an enrolled nurse.

Further Information

The full decision is 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.