Dr Tharumalingam Sinnathurai – Medical practitioner – Professional misconduct

16 August 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against general practitioner, Dr Tharumalingam Sinnathurai, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal). The complaint alleged that during two consultations in early March and late April 2019, the practitioner breached professional boundaries with two female patients, one being aged 18 years, and the other aged 29 years.

  • In relation to the 18 year old patient, it was alleged that the practitioner conducted an inappropriate breast examination, made a number of inappropriate comments, and conducted an inappropriate abdominal examination;
  • In relation to the 29 year old patient, it was alleged the practitioner performed an inappropriate abdominal examination, and performed an inappropriate breast examination.

The complaint also alleged the practitioner breached record keeping regulations by failing to write down certain information including that he had conducted an abdominal examination on both patients.

In July 2021, the Tribunal found most of the allegations proven and that it amounted to professional misconduct.

The Tribunal will determine its protective orders following a Stage 2 hearing in October 2021.

A copy of the Tribunal’s decision can be found at 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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