HCCC v Metelerkamp – unsatisfactory professional conduct found – reprimand and mentoring condition imposed

06 June 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against psychologist Dr Toni Meterlekamp before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal between 26 and 29 March 2018. The complaint alleged that the practitioner inappropriately commenced and maintained a personal relationship with a patient who she treated extensively for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder between July 2013 and April 2014. In addition the complaint alleged that the practitioner entered into a significant financial relationship with this patient in that they purchased a property together valued at $900,000 and shortly thereafter commenced living in the property together. They both continue to live in this property to date. 

Decision

On 3 May 2018 the Tribunal found that the practitioner was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in relation to both the personal and financial relationships she entered into with the patient.

The Tribunal reprimanded the practitioner and imposed a mentoring conditions on her registration for a 12 month period


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.