Ten-year ban for steroid-prescribing doctor

Australian Doctor, 27 June 2017
Author: Anthony Scholefield
“A doctor who wrote in his notes “naughty boy wants to get buff by April” when prescribing steroids and stimulants to hundreds of body-builders has been struck off for 10 years.”
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Health Care Complaints Commission v Cheng (No 2) [2017] NSWCATOD 93

Decision date: 16 June 2017
“Medical practitioner – misconduct involved inappropriate examination of female patients for sexual gratification – held unfit to practice medicine for an indefinite period – cancellation of registration – non-review period of 7 years-costs order made.”
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Medical Board of Australia v Adams (Review and Regulation) [2017] VCAT 796

Decision date: 14 June 2017
“Misconduct of medical practitioner – forging signature to patient consent forms – weight of agreed statement of facts and determinations – agreed determination found inadequate – practitioner suspended from practice.”
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Seymour v Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia [2017] VCAT 901

Decision date: 21 June 2017
“Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Vic) 2009 ss 3, 178, 202 (1); positive urine and hair sample drug test results; formation of a reasonable belief that the manner in which a nurse practises is or may be unsatisfactory; whether necessary to impose conditions on practise. Group 1 urine and hair testing substituted for Group 2 testing.”
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The Health Ombudsman v Jamieson [2017] QCAT 172

Decision date: 5 June 2017
“Where respondent practitioner stole three boxes of antibiotics from her place of employment – where the practitioner used the antibiotics to treat her son’s recurrent medical condition – where the respondent was convicted of 1 count of stealing as a servant in the Magistrates Court in relation to that conduct – where no conviction recorded in respect of that charge – where respondent failed to notify the National Board of that charge – where respondent made a false declaration when renewing her registration in respect of that charge – where respondent believed she did not need to disclose the charge as no conviction was recorded – whether the practitioner engaged in professional misconduct or unprofessional conduct – whether reprimand is an appropriate sanction – whether an order as to costs should be made.”
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NG v Chinese Medicine Board of Australia [2017] NSWCATOD 36

Decision date: 15 March 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – Where health practitioner has appealed against conditions placed on her registration – where the Chinese Medical Board concedes an error in imposing conditions and has caused removal of conditions from the Register maintained by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency –
Whether appeal is frivolous or vexatious or misconceived or lacking in substance – Consideration of objects of Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (NSW) and of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law – whether dismissal of appeal would deny appellant procedural fairness. Where continuation of appeal will not result in a practical outcome.”
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Delivered: 24 March 2017
“On about 30 November 2016, the Board notified the applicant that it had decided under s 178 and s 179 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to caution him. The Board gave brief reasons for its action, finding certain failings in the applicant’s treatment of a named patient, including that he should have communicated risks and likely success or failure rates of any proposed treatment more clearly, should have conducted a more through ‘consenting process’, and that his clinical records were inadequate. It stated his professional performance ‘is or may be unsatisfactory’.”
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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Scott (Review and Regulation)

Date of order: 8 March 2017
“Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 – ss 5 & 196 – suicide of in-patient in psychiatric inpatient service in context of failure by registered nurse to conduct 30 minutely observations or ensure such were conducted by other persons – failure by registered nurse to appropriately comply with supervision condition on registration.”
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