Dr Sean Geary - Professional misconduct and impairment

27 Feb 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against general practitioner, Dr Sean Geary, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). The complaint alleged that Dr Geary had engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct by:

  • inappropriately self-prescribing drugs of addiction and dependence
  • breaching ethical standards regarding treatment of family members, and
  • breaching conditions imposed on his registration by the Medical Council of NSW.

The complaint also alleged that Dr Geary suffers significant impairment which detrimentally affects his ability to competently practice medicine and that he is also not a suitable person to hold registration.


On 14 February 2017 the Tribunal found most of the complaint proved, and that Dr Geary was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. It found Dr Geary has a current impairment and that he is not competent to practise medicine. The Tribunal found that Dr Geary’s “present state of impairment is such that there is an unacceptable risk that he may conduct himself in his dealings with patients in a way that might cause them harm, or he might engage in self-harm”. 

The Tribunal made the following protective orders:

  • Dr Geary’s registration be cancelled
  • Dr Geary be prohibited for one year from applying for re-registration.


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.