18 Sep 2020
A tribunal has disqualified a podiatrist for six months for transgressing professional boundaries.
The Podiatry Board of Australia (the Board) referred Mr Phillip Lawson to the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal for professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct in relation to his treatment of a client.
The Board alleged that Mr Lawson engaged:
There was agreement between the Board and Mr Lawson that he should be reprimanded. However, they disagreed on whether his conduct warranted disqualification from practise, with the Board submitting that Mr Lawson should be disqualified for two years.
On 5 February 2020, the tribunal found Mr Lawson guilty of professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct and disqualified him from practising for six months. He was also reprimanded.
In reaching its determination, the tribunal took into consideration:
The full tribunal summary can be found on the Austlii website.