01 Dec 2017
A tribunal has reprimanded a psychologist, suspended her registration for 18 months and imposed conditions on her registration to come into effect if and when she returns to practice.
The tribunal made its decision after finding that the practitioner had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct in relation to her consultations with a child, communications with the Police and communications with the Family Court of Western Australia.
The Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) referred Ms Genevieve May Milnes to the State Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) in Western Australia on 6 May 2016.
The Board alleged Ms Milnes had engaged in professional misconduct in relation to her consultations with a three year old child client and related conduct in the period September 2011 to April 2012.
The Board’s allegations included that she:
Ms Milnes admitted the allegations, acknowledging she had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct.
She submitted that she is determined not to repeat the conduct, has completed significant reflection on the circumstances of the complaint made to the Board and her conduct since these events occurred. She has committed to completing further education and has taken steps, including extensive supervision at her own cost, to alter and improve her approach to her practice and has accepted that she would be helped by further ongoing supervision and support.
On 8 September 2017, the tribunal reprimanded Ms Milnes and suspended her registration as a psychologist for 18 months. The tribunal also ordered conditions imposed on her registration on her return to practice, including supervised practice and completing relevant education. She was also ordered to pay the Board’s costs in the sum of $45,000.
The decision is published on the tribunal’s website.