Dr Cedric Schmaman – Professional Misconduct – Registration Cancelled
12 June 2019
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Cedric Schmaman, a general practitioner who worked on the south coast of NSW, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The Commission alleged that from September 2015 until February 2016, Dr Schmaman was Patient A’s general practitioner. Patient A was a vulnerable person as she had physical and mental health issues and was addicted to prescription medications. The Commission alleged that Dr Schmaman asked Patient A to wear inappropriate attire to consultations and started physically touching her and then hugging her at the end of appointments. They texted one another frequently. On 28 January 2016, after giving Patient A an injection in the buttock, Dr Schmaman inappropriately touched Patient A in a sexual way. The Commission also alleged that Dr Schmaman prescribed Patient A excessive medications and gave her money.
Dr Schmaman had been charged by NSW Police, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to imprisonment but with the sentence suspended on the condition that he enter into a good behaviour bond.
In its decision dated 30 May 2019, the Tribunal found that Dr Schmaman had been found guilty of a criminal offence and was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that “Dr Schmaman has grossly abused his position of authority by indecently assaulting Patient A in his surgery.” The Tribunal accepted that Dr Schmaman is extremely remorseful but stated that until he successfully undertakes significant and intensive therapy, there is a risk of re-offending. Accordingly, the Tribunal made an order cancelling Dr Schmaman’s registration and imposed a non-review period of two years.
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 email@example.com.
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.