Dr Russell McGregor – Registration cancelled - Professional misconduct and impairment

07 Feb 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against psychiatrist Dr Russell McGregor, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  The complaint alleged that between December 2017 – March 2019, Dr McGregor published a blog on his practice website which discussed bizarre beliefs about global conspiracies and other disturbing matters which had the potential to place vulnerable psychiatric patients of the practice at risk.  The Commission also alleged that Dr McGregor had been abusive in his interactions with the Medical Council of NSW, suffered from an impairment and was not competent to practice the profession of medicine.

Dr McGregor chose not to participate in the proceedings.

In its decision of 5 February 2020, the Tribunal found that Dr McGregor’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct.  The Tribunal also found that Dr McGregor had an impairment, based on an independent psychiatric assessment of Dr McGregor that he had impaired reality testing and that he had a psychiatric impairment, disability, condition or disorder.

The Tribunal cancelled Dr McGregor’s registration and imposed a non-review period of 12 months.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

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.