Dr Tharumalingam Sinnathurai – Medical practitioner – Suspension and conditions for professional misconduct

10 February 2022

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. A copy of the full (stage 1) decision can be found here: ­NSW Caselaw.

On 5 November 2021, the Tribunal suspended Dr Sinnathurai's registration for a period of 6 months. The Tribunal also ordered that upon returning to practice after the period of suspension, Dr Sinnathurai’s registration is to be subject to conditions. See: NSW Caselaw.

On 28 January 2022, the Tribunal determined the conditions on Dr Sinnathurai’s registration to apply at the end of his suspension, including that he: practise under supervision and only in a group practice approved by the Medical Council; complete relevant training courses; only conduct breast examinations in accordance with the RACGP guidelines; and, practise no more than 45 hours per week. A copy of the Tribunal’s 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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