A CHIROPRACTOR slept with five of his patients because of a shortage of women in a rural Victorian city, a tribunal has been told.
Dr Peter Goodman admitted the intimate relationships - as well as continuing to treat family members of one woman with whom he was having a covert affair - had amounted to professional misconduct.
Representing the chiropractor, Jane Dixon, SC, said it was an unusual case and unrealistic to expect there not be a blurring of the patient-practitioner boundaries in the small north eastern Victorian city.
"It's not uncommon in country towns for people to see someone socially who happens to be treating them for something," Ms Dixon told VCAT this month.
She said he met some of the women through friends, local clubs and one at a nearby festival before they were his patients, and later embarked on consensual and open relationships with them.
Dr Ian Freckelton, SC, for the Chiropractic Board of Australia, said there would have been plenty of women in the area who were not his patients.
He said there were more than 25,000 people in the city and nearby areas, and it was "hardly the middle of nowhere".
"The sexualisation of professional relationships is an issue and manifestly quite inappropriate," Dr Freckelton said.
The practitioner's first inappropriate relationship developed in the 1990s.
Dr Freckelton said Dr Goodman had a series of intimate relationships with patients over the next 15 years, calling into question his capacity to refrain from the behaviour.
"In short, this is not a one-off", Dr Goodman also kept "woeful" clinical records and was oblivious to the potential distress that could have been caused to his patients who were family members of his then lover.
Blames ex wife for behaviour.
Ms Dixon said Dr Peter Goodman as emotionally scarred by the infidelities of his former wife and was on the rebound when he became romantically involved with the women."It would seem he certainly hasn't recovered from that relationship," Ms Dixon said.
Fifteen years to recover?
Dr Freckelton said Dr Goodman's registration should be cancelled for between three and five years to send a strong message and to retain the public's confidence in chiropractors.
Branding and brand names
Now we all know certain common brand names, so I am posing a few questions and I would like you to tell me the name of the brands I'm describing with these questions and answers.
They use focus groups to test new product.
They take frequent surveys of potential buyers.
They advertise their brand at every opportunity.
They often overstate their product.
Their products are often not thoroughly tested.
The final cost of their product is often hidden in fine print.
They often use actors to promote product they don't believe in.
They often apologize for late delivery because of unforeseen circumstances.
Often they exaggerate the benefits.
They always promise the next model will be better.
They are brands associated with the Australian Parliament, if you nominate only one brand your wrong!
Th answer is...........EVERY PARTY IN PARLIAMENT
Why.......................The all promise the same benefits with no further payment for three years!
SIMON BENSON THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MAY 16, 201312:00 AM
THE Coalition has refused to allow a federal Labor MP to return to Sydney to look after her sick 14-month-old baby, forcing her to sit in parliament to watch Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's Budget reply speech tonight.
The Daily Telegraph has learned the Coalition yesterday knocked back a request from the government to "pair" member for Greenway Michelle Rowland after she sought permission to urgently return to Sydney from Canberra this afternoon.
Ms Rowland, the only woman to have given birth during the term of this parliament, sought agreement from the opposition chief whip Warren Entsch yesterday to grant a pair for her from 6pm tonight so she could get the last plane home to Sydney to care for her child Octavia.
It is believed the child is suffering flu and severe fever.
Ms Rowland's husband had taken leave from his job to take care of the child while Ms Rowland was in parliament.
But Mr Entsch refused to grant the pair, despite no parliamentary business listed after Mr Abbott's speech.
The blunt refusal risks undermining Mr Abbott's attempts to paint himself as woman-friendly and appears to contradict the principles of his paid parental leave scheme and industrial relations policy.
A ROMANCE with union leader Paul Howes is believed to have been a factor in Qantas's decision yesterday to strip high-profile executive Olivia Wirth of her responsibility for government relations.
The move is widely seen as smoothing relations with the Coalition but Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce denied the relationship was a factor in the decision and said it resulted from an internal review of marketing and branding.
"This is a promotion for Olivia," he said. "It's an opportunity for Olivia to be a central point for all marketing and corporate coms. That's a huge job and it isn't anything to do with her relationship with Paul Howes . . . She's been managing that extremely professionally . . . and we absolutely don't believe there's any issue there."
While Qantas has compensated Ms Wirth with an expanded job, The Australian understands the decision follows private complaints to Qantas figures from Coalition MPs about Ms Wirth's relationship with the head of the Australian Workers Union.
But one aviation insider told The Australian the decision had "sexist" overtones, and queried whether a man would be removed under similar circumstances.The complaints heightened concern held by some conservative members of the Qantas board that the issue could be problematic for the airline under a Coalition government.
Here we go big brother politics already! Is this the first sign of the extreme Right's secret police in action, sounds like and looks like McCarthyism. Is this a duck or isn't it?
Labor: their list of actual achievements stack up well.
Settling the supposedly unfixable Murray-Darling Basin wrangle (remember that?)
Building the NBN (ground breaking new age 21st century technology)
Reforming school funding (a work in progress)
Establishing paid parental leave for the first time
Reforming aged care
Investing more in rail than all previous governments
Initiating the mining tax(did not hurt the miners, nor raise much,as yet)
Saved us from the worst of the GFC (one of the of the only countries to do so)
Articulating a new foreign policy by balancing the divergent interests of the US, China, India and Indonesia
Becoming a world leader against the scourge of smoking through hard-fought reforms such as plain packaging of cigarettes
Initiating a royal commission on institutional sex abuse
Establishing a national disability insurance scheme -( itself a social and economic reform to rival any.)
And nearly all of this within a toxic political culture and a minority parliament where the Coalition said no to every new initiative.
When the September 14 election comes I wonder, will anyone remember any of the good things they have done, probably not.
They, the electors have had the doom and gloom thrown at them by the Coalition and certain sections of the media continously, with no recognition given for anything they have done.
Australians have no idea of what the Coalition has to offer and they have had a free ride for the last few years, isn't it time we had some straight answers from the opposition, who are they and what are they offering?
Saying NO to everything is not policy, we need to see policy please.
All us mushrooms have been told is that they are going to implement a parental leave system that we can't afford, a system that values some children higher than others.
OVER 65' AND DISABLED. YOUR JUST A LEFT OVER. LIKE SCRAP (To old to be useful)
WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM, NO ONE KNOWS!
Who is covered?
To qualify for care and support under the NDIS, a person must:
Be aged under 65.
Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent visa.
Meet either the disability or early intervention requirements.
Has a disability that is attributable to one or more intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairments or to a psychiatric condition AND the impairment or impairments are, or are likely to be, permanent.
The impairment results in substantially reduced capacity to undertake communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care or self-management.
The impairment or impairments affect the person’s capacity for social and economic participation.
The person is likely to require support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme for the person’s lifetime.
Early intervention requirements:
Has one or more intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairments that are, or are likely to be, permanent OR has one or more impairments that are attributable to a psychiatric condition that is, or is likely to be, permanent.
Is a child who has developmental delay AND providing early intervention supports for the person is likely to reduce the person’s future needs for supports for their disability.
Providing early intervention supports is likely to mitigate or alleviate the impact of the person’s impairment on their capacity to undertake communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care or self-management, or improve or prevent the deterioration of such capacity OR providing early intervention supports is likely to strengthen the sustainability of the person’s informal supports, for example by building the capacity of the person’s carer.
Source: National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013