Qld doctor suspended for patient affair

Dr Neville Blomeley began a relationship with the woman during a consultation after she told him about intimacy problems in her marriage.

Dr Blomeley continued to treat the woman during their affair, which lasted two years, between November 2010 and July 2012.

When the woman complained to the Medical Board of Australia, he admitted the relationship, spoke of his shame and offered to apologise.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) heard Dr Blomeley was having difficulties in his own marriage when he started the affair with his patient of 10 years.

She was vulnerable and the relationship adversely affected her mental health, the tribunal was told.

It found Dr Blomeley's conduct was a fundamental breach.

"It was his special duty, not the patient's, to maintain the appropriate professional boundaries," the QCAT judgment read.

"Dr Blomeley's maintenance of a sexual relationship with his