Jo Wise – Psychologist – Disqualification and Prohibition order

17 September 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) against Jo Wise, a psychologist working in Sydney. It was alleged that Ms Wise had engaged in inappropriate conduct towards a vulnerable 17 year old client who she was treating in 2018. The complaint alleged Ms Wise’s conduct included hugging the client, sending numerous text messages to him which were sexualised in nature and engaging in sexual conduct with him at her home.  

On 14 September 2021 the Tribunal found all of the complaint proven. The Tribunal found that Ms Wise’s conduct was “reprehensible, improper and unethical”. It found that Ms Wise was in a position of power in respect of her young client and her conduct was a gross violation of, and exploitation of, the power imbalance in their relationship.

The Tribunal determined that if Ms Wise was still registered it would have cancelled her registration and disqualified her from being registered for a period of five years. The Tribunal made a prohibition order preventing Ms Wise from providing any health services, which includes counselling.

The full Tribunal decision can be found at NSW Caselaw here.

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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