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Professional Misconduct

Kristin Scott Stoker


Address: NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Chiropractor
Date: 25 August 2010


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The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against a chiropractor, Mr Kristin Scott Stoker, before the Chiropractors Tribunal. The Commission’s prosecution was based on Mr Stoker’s conviction for an incident of “wilful and obscene exposure”.

On 18 May 2007, Mr Stoker had been convicted by a Local Court of obscene exposure and ordered to serve 50 hours of community service.

Mr Stoker appealed against his conviction to the District Court. On 12 November 2008, the District Court upheld the conviction and ordered Mr Stoker to enter into a six month good behaviour bond.

In the proceedings before the Chiropractors Tribunal, the Commission alleged:



  • Mr Stoker’s conviction and the circumstances of the offence made him unfit to be registered as a chiropractor

  • Mr Stoker was not of good character

  • Mr Stoker had been guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct because he had failed to notify the Chiropractors Registration Board of his conviction within seven days.


In its decision of 25 August 2010, the Tribunal said that it was not satisfied that Mr Stoker was not of good character and unfit to be registered as a chiropractor.


The Tribunal also found that, although Mr Stoker had failed to notify the Chiropractors Registration Board of his conviction within seven days, that failure did not constitute unsatisfactory professional conduct, because Mr Stoker had relied on his solicitor to notify the Board and the solicitor’s letter was only one day late.


The Tribunal imposed a condition of Mr Stoker’s registration that, for the next two years, an adult female would have to be present when Mr Stoker was assessing or treating any female patient under the age of 45 years, unless the patient was accompanied by a parent or male guardian and the patient consents.