Ms Lynda Lane – Mental Health Social Worker - Permanent Prohibition Order
17 September 2020
The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission conducted an investigation into the conduct of unregistered health practitioner Ms Lynda Lane. Ms Lane was working as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker at her solo private-practice, ‘My Mind Matters’, in regional NSW. The allegations concerned Ms Lane engaging in unprofessional conduct by commencing an inappropriate relationship with two of her mental health clients.
The investigation found that Ms Lane breached the Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners under Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 in that she:
- Commenced and maintained a sexual and close personal relationship with Client A.
- Failed to ensure a suitable period of time had elapsed since the conclusion of her therapeutic relationship with Client A and the commencement of their close personal and sexual relationship.
- Failed to ensure that a suitable period of time had elapsed since the conclusion of her therapeutic relationship with Client B and the commencement of their close personal and sexual relationship.
- Failed to maintain accurate and contemporaneous clinical records for Client B.
Ms Lane was not open and honest during the investigation.
The Commission has determined that Ms Lane poses a risk to public health or safety and has ordered that she is prohibited from providing any health service, either in paid employment or voluntarily, to any person.
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.
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