Psychiatrist must have counselling over affair with patient
A FORMER Toowoomba and Ipswich psychiatrist who admitted having a long-term affair with a patient has been reprimanded and ordered to undergo boundary violation counselling for 12 months.
Dr Andrew Alfred George Leggett admitted to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal he had a long-term affair with a patient while working as a psychiatrist in Brisbane.
During a hearing in May the tribunal heard that in 2001 Dr Leggett treated the woman who was undergoing stresses following a divorce.
When it became apparent she was interested in starting a sexual relationship with him he ceased the treatment and referred her to another doctor.
But two years later the woman, whose name was suppressed, returned to see him and according to Dr Leggett again pressured him for sex.
The tribunal heard Dr Leggett did not exploit the woman and they began a sexual relationship which both described as being caring, intimate and loving.
Dr Leggett accepted he had engaged in unprofessional conduct and took a redundancy from his work.
District Court judge Alexander Horneman-Wren, in handing down his decision, said he did not believe a period of suspension was warranted.
"Dr Leggett has deposed to the substantial impact which these events have had on him personally and professionally, including in respect of his family," he said.
"Those matters are no doubt quite true.
"However, they are the direct or indirect consequences of him having conducted himself in the way in which he has now admitted."
Dr Leggett now works in a South Brisbane clinic and offers male-only therapy.
He agreed to pay the Medical Board of Australia's costs incurred during the proceedings.
- APN NEWSDESK.