Dr Thomas Clement Goyer – Registration cancelled
07 Jan 2020
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 that operated under the name Medical Weight Loss Institute (“MWI”). The complaint canvassed Dr Goyer’s conduct between 2015 – 2017 and treating patients who sought assistance with weight loss. On 12 August 2019 the Tribunal found that Dr Goyer was guilty of professional misconduct. The media release for Stage 1 may be found here.
On 24 December 2019 the Tribunal handed down its Stage 2 decision regarding protective orders. The Tribunal cancelled Dr Goyer’s registration and imposed a 12 month non-review period. The Tribunal held cancellation of the practitioner’s registration was necessary to uphold the integrity of the profession, noting also the following factors:
- “concerns about the practitioner’s ability to practise medicine except in a very limited sphere of non-surgical cosmetic medicine;”
- “significant doubt about his truthfulness and integrity, and thus the extent to which [it] could be satisfied of the practitioner’s professed insight and acceptance of wrongful conduct;”
- the practitioner continued to engage in telemedicine at Medical Weight Loss Institute despite being cross-examined in prior Federal Court proceedings regarding his work at Advanced Medical Institute, in which the telemedicine model was seriously challenged;
- concern that the practitioner appeared to absolve himself from compliance with the regulations with respect to record-keeping on the basis that he was only carrying out non-cosmetic procedures;
- “demonstrated lack of clinical skills and judgment.”
The Stage 2 decision can be found on 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.