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Professional Misconduct

Genevieve May Milnes


Address: WA, Australia
Sex: Female
Occupation: Psychologist
Date: 26 May 2014


Details



The State Administrative Tribunal convicted Genevieve May Milnes of professional misconduct. 

On 16 April 2008, the clients attended Belmont Counselling Clinic Pty Ltd for a couple's session with Milnes.
 
On various dates in the period 16 April 2008 to 6 October 2009, the clients attended joint and/or individual sessions with Milnes.

By a facsimile letter to one of the client's general practitioner dated 20 August 2008, Milnes stated:
"Thank you for your referral of the client  for Anxiety symptoms with Panic attacks...Goals of therapy have been to reduce anxiety symptoms...Depression, Anxiety and Stress symptoms have been dramatically reduced to a moderate level. 6 further sessions would consolidate these gains".

By a facsimile letter to the other client's general practitioner dated 13 August 2008, Milnes stated:
"The client has been doing very in-depth psychotherapy regarding depression and anxiety... [he] scored in the severe range on the three DASS scales before treatment began.  He is now in the mild to moderate range on these..."

By a report to the first client's general practitioner dated 6 January 2009, Milnes:
(a) stated that the client's mental health care plan diagnosis was "Anxiety, panic attacks";
(b) confirmed details of the treatment she had provided to the client; and
(c) under the heading of "recommendations on future management of patient's disorder" stated "Requires ongoing care".

By a report to the other client's general practitioner dated 6 January 2009, Milnes:
(a) stated that the client's mental health care plan diagnosis was "depression";
(b) confirmed details of the treatment she had provided to the client; and
(c) under the heading of "recommendations on future management of patient's disorder" stated "further assistance required please".

Milnes and her husband (in partnership) held a mutual interest in the bed and breakfast industry outside of the therapeutic relationship with the clients.

In or around November 2007, Milnes moved to a bed and breakfast in Guildford, WA.

On a date between 16 April 2008 and 28 January 2009, in a conversation between Milnes, her husband and the clients, the clients became aware that the partnership operated by Milnes and her husband was at risk of losing the bed and breakfast due to financial difficulties.

The first client, for herself and her husband, subsequently offered to loan the partnership operated by Milnes and her husband a sum of approximately $16,000 to assist them with the bed and breakfast business.

Milnes and her husband agreed to borrow money from the clients and agreed a time in which the money would be repaid.

By ANZ bank cheque dated 28 January 2009, the clients loaned a sum of $18,000 to the partnership operated by Milnes and her husband. The $18,000 loan was repaid in full to the clients within the agreed terms.

Milnes was ordered to pay $2,500 in fines and $2,350 in costs, and was also subject to conditions.