Ms Rebecca De Lore – Professional misconduct – Registration cancelled and prohibited from delivering other health services
1 July 2020
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against former registered nurse, Rebecca De Lore, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”). The Commission alleged that the practitioner engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to breach of professional boundaries with two vulnerable male patients:
- Between about mid-2011 and December 2015, the practitioner had a personal and sexual relationship with Patient A, who was a voluntary patient in the mental health ward at a Community Health Centre with a lengthy history of mental illness.
- Between about mid-2016 and November 2016, the practitioner then had a personal and sexual relationship with Patient B who she met whilst he was admitted as an inpatient at a private psychiatric facility. Patient B had a history of drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. He also had short term memory loss following a number of strokes and seizures, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.
In its decision dated 30 June 2020, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and Ms De Lore was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal ordered that had the practitioner still been registered, it would have cancelled her registration and disqualified her from being registered as a nurse for a period of five years from the date of the decision. The Tribunal also required the Nursing and Midwifery Board to record the fact that had she been registered, the Tribunal would have cancelled Ms De Lore’s registration for the five year period. The Tribunal also prohibited her from providing a health service, including but not limited to, working as an assistant in nursing, personal care assistant or disability support worker, until such time as she is permitted to register as a nurse.
The Tribunal’s decision may be found at the NSW Case Law website.
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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