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

A 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.