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Professional Misconduct

Graham Holbrook


Address: NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Psychologist
Date: 6 August 2014


Details



The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted a psychologist, Mr Graham Holbrook, before the Psychologists Tribunal of NSW. The complaints related to Mr Holbrook’s conduct in relation to students and staff whilst he was working as a school counsellor between 2002 and 2006.


It was alleged that Mr Holbrook: 



  • made inappropriate comments to students, staff and other people, some of which had sexual overtones.

  • asked students inappropriate questions had inappropriate discussions with them, some of which had sexual and drug related overtones.

  • inappropriately touched students and breached professional boundaries with students

  • was not of good character

  • suffers from an impairment.


In its decision of 13 July 2010, the Psychologists Tribunal found all allegations against Mr Holbrook proven, and found that he was guilty of professional misconduct, not of good character and suffers from an impairment. The Tribunal ordered that he be deregistered as a psychologist for a minimum period of three years.


The Tribunal also issued a prohibition order against Mr Holbrook banning him from providing any of the following health services as an unregistered health practitioners during the period of his deregistration: 



  • Therapy

  • Psychotherapy

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Mental health services

  • Welfare services

  • Counselling

  • Massage therapy to females and patients under the age of 18

  • Alternative/healing health care/therapies.