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Suspension not necessary for Ophthalmic Surgeon found guilty of professional misconduct

The complaint in respect of each patient was separated into two issues: the medical treatment provided to the patient; and, the failure to maintain adequate medical records for that patient., The matters that were the subject of each complaint which related to the doctor’s professional competence raised matters of some complexity relevant to the specialist medical discipline of ophthalmology....

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Immediate action prohibiting Doctor from performing circumcisions overturned
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Immediate action prohibiting Doctor from performing circumcisions overturned

The complaint concerned a circumcision undertaken by Dr Al-Naser on 6 September 2018 on a five month old male patient (the Circumcision), and the follow up care on 6 and 7 September 2018. The Patient experienced some bleeding and was subsequently admitted to Hospital where it was necessary for him to undergo surgery with blood transfusion.  The notification also raised issues regarding the documentation of the consultation and procedure, and informed consent....

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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome
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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome

The Supreme Court of Victoria has dismissed an appeal by the Medical Board of Australia (Board) against the decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to overturn its decision to suspend a medical practitioner’s registration by way of immediate action. The Board had suspended the practitioner’s registration under s156(1)(e) of the Health Practitioner Regulation ...

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Continued Suspension not in public interest
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Continued Suspension not in public interest

In April 2019 Julia Wilcock reported on the Tribunal's decision to stay the suspension of the anaesthetist pending his appeal in the matter. Click here to read Julia's post and the background to the case. Last week, the Tribunal delivered its decision on the practitioner's appeal. Click here to read the decision in Hill v Medical Council of New South Wales [2019] NSWCATOD 97. On Appeal, the Medical ...

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Anaesthetist who undertook unnecessary rectal examination succeeds in staying suspension of his registration
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Anaesthetist who undertook unnecessary rectal examination succeeds in staying suspension of his registration

An anaesthetist who undertook a clinically unnecessary rectal examination of an anaesthetised patient at the alleged encouragement of the colorectal surgeon performing the procedure was successful in having the suspension of his registration stayed until his appeal against the suspension is heard in full. Dr Adam Hill’s registration was suspended by the Medical Council of New South Wales on and from 4 March 2019....

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Tighter regulation on the horizon for unconventional or alternative medicine
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Tighter regulation on the horizon for unconventional or alternative medicine

The Medical Board of Australia (Board) is considering introducing new guidelines to establish clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary or unconventional medicine or emerging treatments (Proposed Guidelines). The Proposed Guidelines would supplement the Board’s current Code of Conduct, similar to the Sexual Boundaries Guidelines introduced by the Board late last year....

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Doctor denied procedural fairness by Tribunal

Proceedings had been commenced in the Tribunal by the Medical Board alleging a breach of professional boundaries, sexual misconduct, misleading entries in clinical notes and making false statements to AHPRA and the Board. Following conferral between the parties, a document entitled "Minute of Proposed Orders" was signed by the solicitors acting for the parties. The Minute took the form of an order ...

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Tribunal makes orders for reprimand and rehabilitation

In Medical Board of Australia v GMZ, a practitioner was found to have self-administered schedule 4 drugs over a period of 6 years that had not been legitimately prescribed to him.  The practitioner had also made false representations to obtain the drugs and forged prescriptions on his father’s prescription pad. The practitioner’s name was suppressed on the basis that its publication would be deleterious to his rehabilitation....

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Overstepping Professional Boundaries leads to Professional Misconduct

The experienced GP was found guilty of professional misconduct for continuing to treat an elderly patient after he became aware that he was named as the dominant beneficiary in her will. The GP had commenced treating the patient in 1996. Over the course of time they formed a genuine friendship, socialising together and exchanging gifts. In or about 2002 or 2003 the GP became aware that he was named as a beneficiary in the patient’s will....

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Neurosurgeon suspended following colleague’s fatal drug overdose

In July 2012 the neurosurgeon became close friends with a neurosurgical registrar (Dr A). Between October 2012 and February 2013 the pair consumed the drug GHB whilst socialising outside work and on weekends. The pair developed a dependency on GHB and discussed trying to wean themselves off using the pharmaceutical drug Pregabalin. On 21 April 2013, Dr A was found deceased from a heroin overdose. The ...

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Doctor suspended for forging signatures to patient consent forms

Over a period of 12 months, the practitioner caused 37 patient consent forms to be signed by a person other than that patient in respect of surgical operations, procedures or medical treatment. He then knowingly provided to the Alfred Health and/or to the Royal Women’s Hospital those forged consent forms, knowing that they would form part of the patients’ medical record of that hospital....

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Doctor suspended over alternative therapy advice

The patient had been diagnosed with a hepatoblastoma (a malignant tumour of her liver) in early August 2009. Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital recommended chemotherapy. The patient's parents wished her to be treated with natural therapies and were opposed to chemotherapy. On 1 September 2009, the patient and her mother left for South America. The patient died on 12 November 2009. Subsequently, the Coroner made a referral to the Medical Board of Australia....

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