Dr David Norus - Professional misconduct

06 Nov 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) against Dr David Norus, a general practitioner. The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to:

  • Dr Norus entering into an intimate relationship with a patient;
  • continuing to provide treatment to the patient’s husband where a conflict of interest existed; and,
  • engaging in inappropriate social contact with their son.

The complaint also alleged that Dr Norus had an impairment, specifically, a vulnerability to major depression and narcissistic personality traits.

Decision

On 10 August 2017, the Tribunal found Dr Norus guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  It also found the impairment proven. The Tribunal published the reasons for its decision on 3 November 2017. It noted that the practitioner had practised continuously for the past six years without further complaint, was extremely remorseful about his misconduct and its impact on others and his health conditions are now well managed. The Tribunal therefore reprimanded Dr Norus and imposed conditions upon his registration including:

  • supervision
  • mentoring
  • not to practise more than 45 hours per week
  • to attend treatment with a psychiatrist, psychologist and general practitioner, and
  • to attend regular review interviews with the Medical Council of NSW.

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.