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Maitland Mercury
Former Green Hills psychiatrist disqualified over affair with patient
By Meg Francis
August 14, 2019

Psychiatrist Anthony SlowiaczekA former Green Hills psychiatrist has been found guilty of professional misconduct, and disqualified after engaging in sexual relationship with a “vulnerable female” patient.

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Anthony Slowiaczek guilty of professional misconduct for the “improper and sexual relation” with a female patient, identified as Patient A, between 2012 and 2016.

Dr Slowiaczek was a specialist psychiatrist practising at the Maitland Specialist Centre, attached to the Maitland Private Hospital.

Patient A had a history of childhood sexual abuse and sexual exploitation and had been previously diagnosed as suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and depression.

There were also four other complaints which alleged Dr Slowiaczek inappropriately prescribed Patient A a drug of addiction; inappropriately prescribed medication to a friend and close family member; failed to maintain adequate medical records and suffers from an impairment.

The panel reviewed 78 pieces of evidence during the tribunal, which was held in April, including a number of emails between Dr Slowiaczek and Patient A, diary entries and photographs.

On September 3, 2012 in an email, Dr Slowiaczek stated: “…you are also a wise and beautiful woman with a heart as deep as mine and I would love to share my life with you and I will wait for you until the time is right to do that”.

Dr Slowiaczek admitted all the complaints.

In a decision, handed down on June 25, the tribunal determined all the complaints were proven.

Dr Slowiaczek was disqualified to practise as a medical practitioner or provide medical services until September 30, 2023.

Previously, Dr Slowiaczek surrendered his registration as a medical practitioner in September 2018.