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:
- Mr Gorrell’s registration would have been cancelled if he were still registered;
- Mr Gorrell cannot seek a review for 5 years;
- 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.
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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