Jaimie Cox – Registration Cancelled for Professional Misconduct

15 February 2019

Jaimie Cox – Registration Cancelled for Professional Misconduct.

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against a psychologist, Dr Jaimie Cox, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that Dr Cox had engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct by breaching professional boundaries when treating Patient A and that he:
• pursued a friendship with Patient A during the therapeutic relationship
• went drinking with Patient A,
• arranged for Patient A to be employed in the practitioner’s family business, and
• gave him gifts such as cash, cigarettes and travel.
 
On 22 January 2019 the Tribunal found Dr Cox guilty of professional misconduct, noting that Dr Cox’s behaviour was “such that his ability to practice without risk to the public cannot be guaranteed without significant further training, both ethical and practical”. 

The Tribunal determined that Dr Cox’s registration be cancelled for a period of at least one year.  The Tribunal also found it appropriate to make a prohibition order preventing Dr Cox from providing any of the following health services: therapy; counselling; psychotherapy; welfare services; any other mental health service; clinical supervision of psychology students and any other alternative/healing healthcare/therapies.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

Further Information

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.