Hyp­no­tist in rape claim

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - TAY­LOR AUER­BACH

A HYP­NO­TIST and psy­chol­o­gist who once wrote re­ports for the NSW Vic­tims of Crime Tri­bunal has been charged with the rape of a client at his Fair­field prac­tice.

Ser­bian na­tive Nikola Tomic, 69, is ac­cused of twice as­sault­ing a woman, 50, who was suf­fer­ing de­pres­sion, at his Sta­tion St suite in 2012.

Po­lice said they had no i nf or­ma­tion to sug­gest he hyp­no­tised his al­leged vic­tim. Tomic was charged on Thurs­day with ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault and ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault, in cir­cum­stances of a doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship, and bailed to ap­pear in court next month.

It is al­leged Tomic in­de­cently as­saulted the woman, who had sought treat­ment for de­press­sion, at his prac­tice in Au­gust, 2012, and then al­legedly sex­u­ally as­saulted her the fol­low­ing month.

“The woman was in a needy state, men­tally trau­ma­tised, seek­ing help. Po­lice will al­lege he took ad­van­tage of her,” Act­ing In­spec­tor Ed Walsh said.

When in­formed by The Satur­day Tele­graph last night of the ac­cu­sa­tions against Tomic, NSW Health im­me­di­ately stood him down from his con­tract po­si­tion.

NSW Health said the psy­chol­o­gist had been con­tracted to the West­ern Syd­ney Lo­cal Health Dis­trict Tran­scul­tural Men­tal Health Ser­vice but had not pro­vided ser­vices since May 13 and did not have di­rect ac­cess to pa­tients there.

Tomic had pre­vi­ously worked with pa­tients of Ser­bian, Croa­t­ian and Rus­sian back­grounds for NSW Health.

“Dr Tomic has not pro­vided ser­vices to WSLHD since May 13 this year,” a NSW Health spokes­woman said last night.

“WSLHD has taken im­me­di­ate ac­tion to stand down Dr Tomic un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted. He was en­gaged as a con­trac­tor with the Tran­scul­tural Men­tal Health Ser­vice. He did not have any di­rect ac­cess to pa­tients.”

A Depart­ment of Jus­tice spokesman said Tomic lost his autho­ri­sa­tion to write re­ports for the Vic­tims of Crime Tri­bunal in 2003.

Tomic has lec­tured at the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Syd­ney and is a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Hyp­no­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to his web­site, Dr Tomic uses hyp­nother­apy for the treat­ment of de­pres­sion.

Tomic has writ­ten a num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions about us­ing hyp­no­sis to treat can­cer pa­tients and bed-wet­ters. He did not re­turn calls last night.

Nikola Tomic.

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