Mr Nicholas Pilkington – Registration cancelled and prohibition order

19 Mar 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against physiotherapist Nicholas Pilkington before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that Mr Pilkington was guilty of professional misconduct, had been convicted of a criminal offence and was not a suitable person to hold registration as a physiotherapist in NSW.

  • The complaint alleged that the practitioner:
  • had been convicted of possessing child abuse material;
  • had covertly filmed patients in a state of undress during consultations;
  • had made recordings of females naked, without their consent; and
  • had filmed up the skirt of a female train passenger.

The practitioner admitted each of the complaints, however, he did not accept that he was not currently a suitable person to hold registration as a physiotherapist.

On 16 March 2020 the Tribunal published its decision, finding all of the complaints proven. It made orders cancelling the practitioner’s registration and prohibiting him from providing any health service. The Tribunal further ordered that he could not seek to be re-registered for a period of 7 years.  The Tribunal expressed concerns about the practitioner’s lack of empathy, insight and responsibility and commented that he had not addressed the controlling, demeaning and sexual nature of his abusive behaviour.

The decision can be found here.

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.