Dr Thomas Goyer – Stage 1 – Professional Misconduct Proven
28 Aug 2019
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against medical practitioner, Dr Thomas Goyer before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). Dr Goyer was Medical Director of a business operated under the name Medical Weight Loss Institute (“MWI”). MWI provided its services using a model of “telemedicine”. Patients were not seen in person but conferred with MWI staff by telephone or online.
The complaint canvassed Dr Goyer’s conduct between 2015 – 2017 during his period as Medical Director at MWI and treating patients who sought assistance with weight loss. The complaint involved 25 patients and alleged that Dr Goyer :
- prescribed compounded drugs including phentermine, diethylpropion and Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (“HCG”) without any evidence of their safety or efficacy and without conducting any proper research;
- prescribed without an adequate risk assessment;
- failed to physically examine patients prior to prescribing;
- failed to obtain an adequate medical history prior to prescribing;
- prescribed when patients had medical conditions that contraindicated such prescribing;
- prescribed prior to consulting patients;
- failed to appropriately monitor patients after prescribing;
- failed to maintain adequate medical records; and
- failed to obtain informed consent prior to prescribing.
MWI was placed into voluntary liquidation in 2017. Since 22 March 2017 Dr Goyer’s registration has been subject to a number of conditions including a condition limiting his practise to minor (non-surgical) cosmetic medical procedures. Dr Goyer currently operates the “The Skin Project” (formerly the “Sydney Cosmetic Clinic”) in North Sydney.
On 12 August 2019 the Tribunal found that Dr Goyer was guilty of professional misconduct. The Stage 1 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.