Dr David Robinson – Ophthalmologist – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct

2 December 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr David Robinson, a registered specialist ophthalmologist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal).

It was alleged that Dr Robinson was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to his care and treatment of Patient A, a 19-year-old female who attended his practice for a consultation in December 2017. Patient A was referred to Dr Robinson by her general practitioner for review following a 12-month period of pain behind her eye.

It was alleged that Dr Robinson:

  • Conducted an inappropriate chest, breast and abdomen examination.
  • Asked Patient A inappropriate questions regarding her menstrual cycle and whether she had ever had a pap smear.
  • Failed to record that he had conducted a breast examination in Patient A’s clinical records or in his letter back to Patient A’s referring general practitioner.

On 14 September 2021, the Tribunal found that Dr Robinson was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Commission successfully appealed the September 2021 decision in the Court of Appeal, as a result of which the matter was resubmitted to the Tribunal.

On 24 November 2022, the Tribunal found that Dr Robinson was also guilty of professional misconduct.  The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw 

The Tribunal will determine protective orders following a further (Stage 2) hearing.

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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