A Sydney doctor has been banned from practising for three years after he allowed a young alcoholic patient to live in his eastern suburbs home, carelessly prescribed her addictive drugs, and had sex with her.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found GP Dr Miodrag "Michael" Huber acted inappropriately by giving the woman, who is about 30 years his junior, a spare room in his Elizabeth Bay home after the place she was renting was sold.
It also found Huber, now 67, took Rohypnol home for the woman and prescribed her a cocktail of medications without proper consideration for further addiction problems or harmful interactions with other drugs.
"This was not a relationship of equals, she was in a highly vulnerable situation and her feelings and emotions were easily able to be manipulated," the tribunal found on Tuesday.
"This kind of relationship with any patient, let alone one who is vulnerable and dependent ... needs to be condemned in severe terms."
The tribunal heard the woman lived with Huber for more than a year, during which time she was charged with stabbing a man she had brought back to the house.
The woman alleged Huber had initiated sex acts with her after they drank at least a bottle of whisky.
Huber, who was first registered in 1977, admitted to performing sex acts on the woman but denied providing her with alcohol on the night.
The tribunal didn't find the whisky allegation proved but did say there was "ample evidence" of drinking sessions when the pair lived together.
In a statement, the woman said she was surprised she could remember anything about the sexual contact, because she was "off the Richter scale intoxicated" during the 24 hours in question.
Huber didn't attend the tribunal's hearing in March but his barrister said he had accepted his conduct justified deregistration.
The tribunal heard he hadn't practised since 2014 and surrendered his registration in October 2016.
Huber doesn't intend to return to medicine, his barrister said.