Mr David Rouen – Not a Suitable Person – Registration Cancelled

28 May 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr David Rouen, a senior clinical psychologist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged Mr Rouen had been convicted of criminal offences for possessing child abuse material at his home in 2016 and was not a suitable person to hold registration as a psychologist, having regard also to his retention and viewing of the material over an extended period of time. Mr Rouen had pleaded guilty to the criminal charges and admitted the conduct alleged in the complaint.

On 21 May 2019, the Tribunal found the complaint proved and that Mr Rouen was not a suitable person to hold registration as a psychologist.  It noted that “the gravity of the conduct and the need to uphold public confidence in the profession requires that Mr Rouen’s conduct in its entirety be denounced as unacceptable”. The Tribunal cancelled Mr Rouen’s registration and imposed a non-review period of three years, further noting that he will require lengthy treatment before he is in any position to apply for reinstatement.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw online.

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.