A former chiropractor who had a 12-year sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient and exposed women during treatments has been banned from providing health services to women for at least three years.
Experienced chiropractor John Horner acted inappropriately towards five female patients at his Canning Vale practice between 2000 and 2013.
He started a sexual relationship with a patient in mid-2000, which included having sex at his practice during consultations, and continued to see her until 2012.
Dr Horner occasionally treated the financially vulnerable woman without charge and gave her money to send to relatives overseas or to use to pay for appointments to ensure his staff did not get suspicious.
He also touched another patient’s breast without clinical justification, exposed the buttocks of two women during soft tissue therapy and asked a teenager to remove her underwear during treatment.
The Chiropractic Board of Australia referred Dr Horner to the State Administrative Tribunal, saying he behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct.
In its recently published decision, the tribunal said Dr Horner’s registration would have been cancelled had he not already surrendered it.
He was disqualified from applying for registration for three years, was reprimanded and was banned from providing health services involving consultation or the touching of females until he is registered.
Dr Horner sold the Canning Vale practice in August 2014 and he has not worked as a chiropractor since.
He surrendered his registration in February 2015 and now provides services under the name John Horner Back Care Clinic in Wattle Grove.
Dr Horner was ordered to pay $10,000 in costs.