A general practitioner from West Sydney put his hand on the shirt of a woman with facial pain and then promoted essential oils that were sold through a tiered marketing program.
That is the finding by the NSW Civil and Administrative Court which found this week that Raymond Morsingh’s behavior during a November 2018 consultation may justify his deregistration.
The then 28-year-old patient had seen the Wentworthville doctor for sensations on her face, only to get him to comment on her eyes and get her to lie on her back.
After pressing his jaw, neck and elbows, he lifted the woman’s shirt collar without explanation or request for consent.
“I felt like he was looking at my breasts, then he put his hand in my shirt and put a point on my chest and said, ‘I love doing this point on women, they always hold a lot of tension here’.” The woman stated in her complaint to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Morsingh touched the woman’s breasts several more times until she started saying “no, no, no, stop”.
She also started crying after looking back at a sexual assault, the tribunal was told.
The doctor gave her a bottle of doTERRA essential oils that he had on display in his office and said “You can use my link” if she ever wanted to buy anything.
He also showed her a tattoo of a phoenix on his shoulder and stated that eight weeks earlier he had been “reborn” and that “old Raymond” was dead.
“Why is he undressing in front of me? After touching my breasts, telling me I have beautiful eyes and asking for my cell phone number?” She said.
“I felt uncomfortable and was shocked and confused by what was going on.
“As if my brain was trying to catch up and understand what was happening because I definitely didn’t agree when I went to a doctor’s office to ask about facial pain.”
The woman also reported the matter to police, who believed the conversation had no sexual connotations and his actions could be considered a legitimate medical practice.
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Before the NCAT, Dr. Morsingh for touching the woman’s breasts and attacked the woman’s reliability for alleged psychological problems.
He also denied other allegations other than the essential oils display and the reveal of his shoulder tattoo.
But NCAT, which also heard from the woman and medical experts, found the doctor to be an evasive and inconspicuous witness.
“He interrupted respondents frequently. He wanted to give lectures,” said the tribunal.
When the tribunal found him guilty of professional misconduct, it also rejected the suggestion that the woman’s memory was unreliable due to allegedly high distress or her misinterpretation of the doctor’s actions.
She was a credible witness and no motive “at all” for her to “invent” the incident, it was said.
Dr. Morsingh will be subject to a hearing later this year to determine what protection instructions should be taken.
Possible penalties are the suspension or cancellation of his registration.
He is currently prohibited from seeing patients older than 12 years.