GP suspended for affair with patient

A VICTORIAN GP who had a six-week sexual relationship more than 25 years ago with a patient whose children he had delivered has had his registration suspended for three months.

According to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Bendigo-based Dr Adolf Erhardt admitted to having had a brief affair with the woman. The affair took place in 1985, when the woman was a patient, after he delivered her two daughters in 1981 and 1984.

It said that after many years without contact the two met again by chance in 2001, and in 2002 rekindled their physical relationship. 

The woman left her husband for Dr Erhardt in 2005 and they bought a home together in 2007.

The woman’s ex-husband, who had suspected the affair at the time, reported the matter to the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria in 2009, triggering the investigation, VCAT said.

However, VCAT turned down an offer from Dr Erhardt to undertake counselling