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.  

 

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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