Scot Nicolson Duffton

Psychiatrist barred from practising after sexual relationship with patient in Hobart
By Emily Baker
May 12, 2022

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A psychiatrist who developed a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient during at-home visits has been barred from working in mental health until 2024 after acknowledging his actions may have been “terribly damaging”.

Scot Nicolson Duffton in part blamed the death of his pet for the “huge violation of my professional ethics” more than 30 years into his medical career.

Dr Duffton moved from New Zealand to Tasmania in June 2019 to work as a locum in the state’s north-west.

By July, he was working in the newly established Mental Health Hospital in the Home (HITH) unit in Hobart as a career medical officer…