Mr Daniel Stanton (also known as Daniel Rouse-Stanton) – Professional misconduct - Disqualified and Prohibition Order
1 May 2019
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint a formerly registered psychologist, Mr Daniel Stanton (also known as Daniel Rouse-Stanton) before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that the practitioner was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct by breaching professional boundaries and engaging in improper sexual contact with two female patients. The complaint specifically alleged that the practitioner performed a sexualised massage on one patient during a psychological consultation and sent a series of messages in relation to a proposed massage at the patient’s home. The complaint also alleged that he had sex with another patient at her home on one occasion.
The practitioner made substantial admissions during the hearing, including that his conduct amounted to professional misconduct.
On 24 April 2019 the Tribunal found Mr Stanton guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. It found the conduct was a ‘grievous abuse of the therapeutic relationship’ with both patients, particularly in light of the inherent power imbalance and the vulnerability of the patients. It concluded that the practitioner’s conduct was ‘calculated, pre-meditated and predatory in nature’ and that he demonstrated “a concerning lack of insight or remorse and an almost narcissistic lack of empathy”.
The Tribunal noted that the practitioner was not currently registered, and ordered that the practitioner may not seek re-registration for three years. The Tribunal also made an order prohibiting the practitioner from providing any health services while unregistered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.