Mr Malcolm Desland - Psychologist – Professional Misconduct and Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct
9 February 2022
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Malcolm Desland, a registered psychologist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. It was alleged that the practitioner’s care and treatment of Patient A was inappropriate and of a poor standard, in that he:
- Failed to adequately manage Patient A’s mental health condition.
- Failed to maintain proper professional boundaries, including by corresponding and seeing Patient A outside of formal consultations.
- Made inappropriate comments and disclosures and on occasion lost his composure and swore at Patient A.
- Entered into a contract with Patient A with terms including providing his psychological services without payment and paying her a weekly sum to be re-paid at a later date when she had gained full-time employment.
On 7 February 2022, the Tribunal found the majority of the complaint proven and found the practitioner guilty of professional misconduct ( and unsatisfactory professional conduct). The Tribunal ordered that the practitioner be reprimanded and that his registration be subject to a number of strict protective conditions, including regular supervision ( with supervision reports to be provided to the Psychology Council) and an audit of his practice.
The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 02 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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