Naomi Rayner – Registered Nurse – Registration cancelled - Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct

1 April 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Ms Naomi Rayner, a registered nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The complaint related to a sexual boundary violation when Ms Rayner was employed in a community mental health and drug and alcohol service in Bourke from January to April 2019.  The complaint alleged that Ms Rayner engaged in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient. The complaint also alleged that Ms Rayner used the drugs with the patient and made a false entry in the patient’s medical notes in relation to his drug use.

On 26 March 2021, the Tribunal found Ms Rayner guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal highlighted the very serious nature of Ms Rayner’s breach of boundaries due to her role as a mental health nurse working with patients with drug and alcohol backgrounds.

The Tribunal:

  • cancelled Ms Rayner’s registration and set a non-review period of 3 years; and
  • prohibited Ms Rayner from providing any ‘health service’ as defined under section 4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993.

The full decision is available 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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