Medical Board of Australia v GFO (Review and Regulation)

Date of order: 28 February 2017
“GFO engaged in unprofessional conduct, including professional misconduct, within the meaning of the Medical Practice Act in that he had in a personal and sexual relationship with Ms SR, a patient he had been treating prior to commencing the relationship.”
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Medical Board of Australia v Alkazali (Review and Regulation)

Date of order: 28 February 2017
“The Tribunal has previously determined that the Respondent’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct involving serious breaches of the ‘Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia’ and the Medical Board of Australia’s ‘Sexual Boundaries: Guidelines for doctors’, including a serious failure to maintain appropriate professional boundaries; sexualised behaviour; improper advice to a patient; and misleading and deceptive communications with the Medical Board of Australia (Board).”
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Professor David Morris – Unsatisfactory professional conduct

HCCC, 23 February 2017
“The Health Care Complaints Commission brought a complaint against Professor David Morris, a colorectal surgeon, concerning his decision to permit an overseas based doctor who was not registered in Australia, to operate on a patient on 6 November 2014 at St George Public Hospital as part of a lengthy peritonectomy procedure.”
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Tribunal reprimands medical researcher for professional misconduct

Medical Board of Australia, 22 February 2017
“The Medical Board of Australia referred Mr Nicholas Melhuish to the tribunal on the grounds that his multiple breaches of the Privacy Act 1988 and the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act 1997 (ACT) as well as breaches of Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia (the Code of Conduct), the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the NHMRC Code) and the ACT Health Research Practice Policy amounted to professional misconduct.”
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Decision delivered: 23 February 2017
“The Medical Board’s allegations pertained to Dr Singh’s general practice which included failing to keep proper records, prescribing drugs or other treatments when there was no therapeutic basis and prescribing some drugs and treatments which had potential adverse effects.The Medical Board of Australia also made the same allegations in relation to Dr Singh’s treatment of two specific patients.”
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Ruling on assisted dying drug Nembutal sets important precedent

The Conversation, 28 February 2017
Author: Simon Chapman
“Just before Christmas 2016, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a historic judgement in a case brought by the veteran advocate for assisted dying, Dr Rodney Syme. This followed a decision, which was then referred to its immediate action committee by the Medical Board of Australia, to prevent Syme from “engaging in the provision of any form of medical care, or any professional conduct in his capacity as a medical practitioner that has the primary purpose of ending a person’s life”.”
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Medical practitioner reprimanded by tribunal for unprofessional performance

Medical Board of Australia, 16 January 2017
“A tribunal has reprimanded a medical practitioner and ordered him to pay a fine of $2,500 plus costs incurred by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) for behaving in a way that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v CWY [2017] NSWCATOD 6

Decision date: 13 January 2017
“In June 2016, registered nurse, CWY, the respondent in these proceedings, was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. She had been admitted as an involuntary patient at Goulburn Hospital after experiencing an acute psychotic episode. At the time of these proceedings, she was subject to a six months’ community treatment order made by the Mental Health Review Tribunal. The Health Care Complaints Commission (the Commission) has referred two complaints (the Complaints) about CWY to the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) for determination. In the Complaints the Commission alleges that on account of her diagnosed condition CWY has an “impairment” and, further, is not competent to practice nursing: see ss 5 and 139(a) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) (the National Law).”
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Syme v Medical Board of Australia (Review and Regulation) [2016] VCAT 2150

Date of order: 20 December 2016
“The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) reviewed the Medical Board of Australia’s (Board) decision to take immediate action against Dr Rodney Syme by imposing a condition that he not provide medical care or engage in professional conduct with the primary purpose of ending a person’s life. The Board considered that action by a practitioner which has the primary purpose of ending a person’s life constitutes a significant departure from accepted professional standards and presents a serious risk to the person, requiring immediate action to protect both the patient and the public.”
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