GP’s rego suspended for sexual affair with patient

Tasmanian-based Dr Ian Stefan Visagie was found guilty of professional misconduct after admitting to the relationship with the woman for four years while she was a patient until it ended in 2009. The relationship started up again in March 2010.

The “sharing” relationship included “social and recreational activities, shared involvement in house renovations and co-habitation”, according to the Tasmanian Health Practitioners Tribunal. 

On occasions when the doctor lived separately from his wife “the permanency of his relationship with the patient, who had a history of sexual abuse, was central” but then he would return to his wife, tribunal chair Steve Carey said in a recent decision.

“These changes in the nature of the relationship caused emotional concern to the patient.”

Dr Visagie’s relationship with the patient deteriorated in early 2011 apparently because of “the patient