Physio struck off after secret filming

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A Sydney physiotherapist has been struck off the register after being convicted of using a hidden camera to film the private parts of two women.

Andrew Weinzettel placed a covert camera in bathrooms where a teenage girl undressed and showered, and another at a physiotherapy clinic where a female patient undressed.

He was sentenced to a community penalty of a 30-months intensive correction order in 2019, after pleading guilty to seven counts of filming a person's private parts without consent.

His arrest followed the discovery in 2018 of a covert camera made to look like a clothes hook at the clinic which had a swimming pool for patients to use.

After previously finding him guilty of professional misconduct, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Wednesday cancelled his registration as a physiotherapist.

He can't apply for a review of the cancellation for 12 months.

And unless and until his registration is reinstated, Weinzettel is banned from providing any health services directly or indirectly to women and girls.

Since his registration was suspended after the camera was found, Weinzettel has found it difficult to find suitable alternative employment.

"His income is significantly less than what he's able to earn as a physiotherapist," the tribunal said.

"He is keen to return to work as a physiotherapist."

It accepted he was genuinely remorseful, had genuinely engaged in therapy sessions and, at the time, was probably suffering from depression which was now well managed.

"It is perplexing why Mr Weinzettel, a respected member of the community with no criminal history or history of sexual deviancy, who is apparently happily married, would in his mid-50s covertly record females in various states of undress for reasons of sexual gratification.

"It may be that the humiliating effect of the criminal proceedings and these disciplinary proceedings, together with the development of insight and remorse, will be sufficient to guard against a repeat of this type of behaviour."

But until he successfully completed treatment recommended by medical experts "it could not be said that he does not pose a real and material risk of reoffending", the tribunal said.

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