23 Mar 2023
A Victorian medical practitioner has been disqualified for 10 years, prohibited from providing any health service for 10 years, and reprimanded for extensive professional misconduct.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) found that over a period of 16 years, Dr Eric Salter repeatedly breached his obligations under the Code of conduct, describing his conduct as ‘complex, deficient, and dangerous’.
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) referred Dr Salter to tribunal after investigating two referrals about Dr Salter’s conduct. In December 2017, the Board took immediate action under the National Law and accepted an undertaking not to practise from Dr Salter against a background of prior disciplinary action.
The tribunal found that, between February 2002 and November 2017, Dr Salter engaged in professional misconduct including:
In making its decision, the tribunal stated that Dr Salter ‘presents a significant and unusually wide-ranging risk to those who might become his patients’ and that ‘he persisted in reckless and unlawful conduct over the long term, despite previous sanctions’.
The tribunal determined that Dr Salter is not a fit and proper person to hold registration. The tribunal imposed:
The tribunal also noted that ‘such a lengthy disqualification period, following on from the time Dr Salter has already been out of practice, makes it unlikely that Dr Salter will practise medicine again.’
The tribunal’s full decision is available on AustLII.