Dr Robert Hampshire - Professional misconduct - Registration cancelled

21 July 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Robert Hampshire, a registered medical practitioner with specialist registration as a psychiatrist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged that Dr Hampshire:

  • breached professional boundaries with Patient A by engaging in inappropriate communications via text message and telephone conversations and voicemail
  • breached conditions on his registration
  • suffered an impairment due to cognitive deficits, depression and alcohol use disorder/alcohol dependence, and
  • lacked competence to practise as a psychiatrist due to his alcohol use disorder and dependence.

On 16 July 2020, the Tribunal found all of the complaint proven and that Dr Hampshire was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal also found that Dr Hampshire was impaired and was not competent to practise as a psychiatrist. In its protective orders, the Tribunal cancelled Dr Hampshire’s registration and ordered that he not be able to seek a review of that decision for a period of three years. The Tribunal remarked that Dr Hampshire’s conduct “diminishes public confidence in the medical profession” and that the orders “encourage other practitioners to recognise the importance of complying with professional standards and the risks of failing to do so”. 

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.

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