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Dr Ian de Saxe was found guilty of engaging in professional misconduct
By Brooke Rolfe For Daily Mail Australia
March 27, 2018

Psychiatrist Ian De Saxe

Psychiatrist Ian De Saxe

A psychiatrist has been banned from practice for two years for telling an alleged sex offender his behaviour was ‘OK’ and offering to lie on his behalf.

Dr Ian de Saxe, a Sydney practitioner, was found guilty of engaging in professional misconduct with three patients, dating back to 2010.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal deemed Dr de Saxe unfit for practice on Tuesday, ABC News reported.

The tribunal suspended Dr de Saxe in September and says he ‘may remain out of practice for some time’.

‘Young males particularly remain vulnerable, as the practitioner recognises,’ it was revealed.

In one case, Dr de Saxe was found to have told a 36-year-old man – who was alleged to have had sexual contact with children – ‘in other countries it is legal’ and ‘back in Greek times it was OK’.

The tribunal also found him to have told the patient: ‘I’m willing to lie for you and willing to write you a report. Get your solicitor to contact me and I will talk to him’; and to have invited the patient to perform oral sex on him.

Dr de Saxe was treating the man at Mosman Private Hospital in August and September 2010.

He was found to have looked into the patient’s eyes as he spoke about his sexuality, before inviting the patient to engage in a sexual act with him.

Dr de Saxe claimed he could not remember the encounter.

The tribunal found he had inappropriate relations with a patient he was treating for substance abuse, anxiety, depression and symptoms of psychosis.

He engaged in mutual masturbation and sexual intercourse with the patient during treatment at his practice in The Rocks in mid-2013, the tribunal found.

According to the tribunal, Dr de Saxe also prescribed the patient with a Schedule 8 drug without proper authority.

In that instance, the doctor admitted his actions were wrong and he had abused his power as a psychiatrist to meet his own sexual gratification.

He also conceded he massaged the legs of a 29-year-old patient at his Lindfield practice in November 2011, before asking ‘Do you want me to go any higher?’.

Dr de Saxe said he was sexually attracted to the male patient and part of him wanted to touch his penis.

Since his suspension, Dr de Saxe had started a course to teach English as a second language, telling the tribunal he thought it would be helpful ‘to test his boundaries around students’.

The Health Care Complaints Commission had been seeking to ban his medical registration for 10 years, a move Dr de Saxe described as ‘draconian’.

He said he hoped his suspension would be lifted so he could undertake medico-legal assessments.

Dr de Saxe also claimed he suspected he had cancer at the time of his offending, and had lost his mother, who he had provided care to his whole life.


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