Mr Edward Keegan – Professional Misconduct

10 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Edward Keegan, a formerly registered nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint was that the nurse breached professional boundaries by sharing a sexually explicit photo with a patient who had been admitted for alcohol and benzodiazepine detoxification at the Inpatient Treatment Unit at Concord Hospital in 2013.

Mr Keegan made admissions to the Commission during its investigation, but did not participate in any way in the Tribunal proceedings. The hearing proceeded in his absence.

Decision

On 4 January 2018 the Tribunal found that Mr Keegan was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

As the practitioner had already surrendered his registration, the Tribunal made an order that if the practitioner were still registered, the Tribunal would have cancelled his registration. The Tribunal also ordered that the practitioner is disqualified from being registered as a nurse for a period of 2 years.

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.