Dr Edward Renzhong Gao – Medical Practitioner – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct
8 July 2022
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Edward Renzhong Gao before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).
It was alleged that between 2 October 2018 and 29 April 2019, while working at Wallis Street Medical Centre Forster, Dr Gao:
- Inappropriately touched a patient’s breasts after a breast examination, while discussing breast reduction surgery
- Inappropriately commented to the patient about cosmetic benefits of a breast reduction
- Acted inappropriately toward the patient before undertaking a genital examination, including failing to offer a chaperone and to provide enough information for the patient to provide informed consent
- Failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with the patient, by certain inappropriate and unwelcome acts
- Failed to record information relevant to the patient’s diagnosis or treatment
In its decision of 6 July 2022, the Tribunal found the majority of the complaint proven. The Tribunal was not satisfied that Dr Gao acted inappropriately while conducting a breast examination, or that he engaged in inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature contrary to the relevant professional guidelines. The Tribunal found that Dr Gao was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.
The Tribunal will determine protective orders following a further (Stage 2) hearing.
The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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