Mr Sava Tsolis – Psychologist – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct

28 November 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against psychologist Sava Tsolis before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”).  

It was alleged that between April 2016 and July 2017, while working at Five Dock, Mr Tsolis failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with a patient in that he:

  • Referred to the patient as “kid” and allowed her to refer to him as “boss”.
  • Exchanged an excessive amount of telephone calls and text messages with the patient.
  • Took the patient out to dinner where they both consumed alcohol.
  • Kissed and hugged with the patient in an Uber car ride after dinner.

It was also alleged that Mr Tsolis provided false and/or misleading information to the Psychology Council of NSW regarding his alcohol consumption at the dinner.  

On 28 September 2022, the Tribunal found the above allegations proven and found Mr Tsolis 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

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