An Adelaide cardiologist has pleaded guilty to possessing child abuse material.

Andrew Douglas McGavigan, 48, appeared for the first time in the Adelaide Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing child abuse material.

Adelaide cardiologist Andrew Douglas McGavigan was arrested last year.(

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He was arrested at his Hawthorn home on December 7.

At the time of his arrest, the Australian Federal Police said officers found child abuse material on McGavigan’s phone and records of communication between him and another person about engaging in sexual activity with children in Thailand.

The offences occurred between September and December last year.

Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal has committed McGavigan for sentence in the South Australian District Court. 

He will next appear in court in April.

According to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s website, McGavigan’s medical registration has been suspended.

An SA Health spokesperson said they were “unable to comment on matters relating to the employment of individuals or matters currently before the courts”.