Mr Philip Gorrell – Psychologist – Registration Cancelled for Professional Misconduct and Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct

16 June 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Philip Gorrell, a registered psychologist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. It was alleged that the practitioner engaged in a sexual relationship with a client in 2017 in circumstances where:

  • she had been referred to him for assessment and preparation of a court report as to whether she suffered from a mental illness
  • she was a vulnerable person who suffered from a serious psychological illness
  • he conducted the psychological assessment at her home
  • he purchased and drank alcohol with her.

In its initial March 2022 decision, the Tribunal found the complaint proven, observing that Mr Gorrell’s conduct “demonstrates a fundamental defect of character… and a comprehensive failure to maintain professional standards and obligations”. Mr Gorrell was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.

In its further decision of  June 2022, the Tribunal imposed protective orders that:

  1. Mr Gorrell’s registration would have been cancelled if he were still registered;
  2. Mr Gorrell cannot seek a review for 5 years;
  3. Mr Gorrell is prohibited from providing any health services including the provision of mental health, psychological or counselling services.

The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.

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For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to

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

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