Dr Michael Cleary – Medical Practitioner – Cancellation for Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct

24 December 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Michael Cleary (General Practitioner) before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

It was alleged that Dr Cleary, during the period of 2009 to 2019, failed to observe proper professional boundaries when he: 

  • Established and maintained a close friendship with his family/himself and Patient A;
  • Accepted significant sums of money from Patient A, of $92,204 for school fees; and  
  • Signed Patient’s A death certificate and cremation certificate when it was inappropriate to do so.

It was also alleged that Dr Cleary provided inappropriate clinical care to Patient A, during the period of 2013 to 2019. Patient A was a vulnerable patient due to her age and reliance on Dr Cleary. 

On 20 December 2021, the Tribunal found the majority of the complaint proven and found Dr Cleary guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal cancelled Dr Cleary’s registration and imposed a non-review period of 5 years. 

The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw

Further information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 02 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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