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Court and Tribunal Decisions

These are summaries of cases relevant to health practitioner regulation. Health practitioner tribunal case summaries are published from time to time as decisions are handed down. A full library of published hearing decisions from adjudication bodies (other than panels) relating to complaints and notifications made about health practitioners or students is published on the AustLII website.  

Tribunal decisions 2014, 2015 and 2016

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Date of decision Board Case name Summary
09/06/16  Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v Pierre Allauch  Mr Pierre Allauch: A South Australian man has received a $7,500 fine and a criminal conviction for knowingly and recklessly using the title “psychologist”. Read the media release
07/06/16 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr Alexander Black Dr Alexander Black: A medical practitioner who admitted possessing child pornography has had his registration suspended by a tribunal for professional misconduct. Read the news item.
07/06/16 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Ms Jennifer Anne Reed Ms Jennifer Anne Reed: A South Australian woman has received a $7,000 fine and a criminal conviction after pleading guilty in the Adelaide Magistrates Court to using the protected title of ‘registered nurse’ and for holding out that she was a registered nurse, contrary to the National Law. Read the media release.
03/06/16 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and midwifery Board of Australia v David Andrew Stephenson David Andrew Stephenson: A tribunal has cancelled a nurse’s registration after finding he engaged in professional misconduct. Read the media release.
19/05/16  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Mrs Simone Phasey Mrs Simone Phasey: A tribunal has reprimanded a former nurse and disqualified her from reapplying for registration for two years. Read the news item.
13/05/16  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Nadhum Shimmari Dr Nadhum Shimmari: The Tribunal has reprimanded Dr Nadhum Shimmari ordering him to carry out further education and mentoring for engaging in professional misconduct. Read the news item.
09/05/16  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Ms Cynthia Weinstein Ms Cynthia Weinstein: reprimanded for recklessly holding herself out as a registered medical practitioner and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and prosecution costs of $35,000. CDC Clinics Pty Ltd (Ms Weinstein’s company) was also ordered to pay a fine of $15,000. Read the news item.
12/04/16  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Deon Rall Dr Deon Rall: Found by a tribunal to have engaged in unprofessional conduct and ordered to not reapply for registration in any jurisdiction in Australia for three years.  Read the news item.
07/04/16  Medical Radiation Practice Board  Medical Radiation Practice Board v Mr Pei Ren Un Mr Pei Ren Un: reprimanded for professional misconduct and disqualified from reapplying for registration as a medical radiation practitioner for a period of 18 months. Read the news item.
01/04/16  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Ms Nicola Dutton Ms Nicola Dutton: Professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional performance; reprimand, suspension for period of six months; extensive additional conditions upon registration, involving supervision and restricted hospital practice; additional educational requirements; and audit. Read the news item.
24/03/16  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Rhandy Cabading Dr Rhandy Cabading: A Medical Board of Australia decision to refuse his application for renewal of limited registration has been confirmed by a tribunal. Read the news item.
18/03/16 Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Ms Jennifer Anne Reed Ms Jennifer Anne Reed: A South Australian woman who had falsely claimed to be a registered nurse was jailed today for four years with a non-parole period of 14 months. Read the media release 
09/03/16  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr  Robert Taylor Dr Robert Taylor: medical practitioner's failure to declare criminal history resulting in cancellation of registration; disqualified from applying for registration for two years. Read the news item
07/03/16  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Ms Rebecca Anne Greenwood Ms Rebecca Anne Greenwood: Former nurse has been reprimanded and disqualified from reapplying for registration for a period of time for professional misconduct. Read the news item.
03/03/16  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Silvia Csepregi  Ms Silvia Csepregi: A tribunal has suspended a nurse’s registration for professional misconduct for unwarranted physical contact with a patient and falsifying a report of the incident. Read the news item.
25/02/16  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Mr Stephen Walker Mr Stephen Walker: A tribunal has suspended a nurse’s registration after finding he engaged in professional misconduct. Read the news item.
24/02/16  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Geoffrey Kemp  VCAT has given a medical practitioner six weeks to find a supervisor and a group practice to work in, while other restrictions on his registration imposed by the Medical Board of Australia remain in place. Read the news item
22/02/16  Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v Michelle Anne Bakjac  The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal has reprimanded psychologist Michelle Bakjac for professional misconduct and suspended her registration. Read the news item
18/02/16  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr Ajay Naidu Dr Ajay Naidu: General practitioner engaged in professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct after he failed to understand and maintain professional boundaries. Read the news item.
16/02/16  Chinese Medicine Board  Chinese Medicine Board of Australia v Ms Silvia Russo Ms Silvia Russo: The Tribunal has reprimanded Chinese medicine practitioner Ms Silvia Russo for professional misconduct and ordered her to continue to participate in her existing mentor arrangement. Read the news item.
11/02/16  Psychology Board  Pyschology Board of Australia v Mr Douglas Knuckey The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal (the Tribunal) found a formerly registered psychologist, Mr Douglas Knuckey, guilty of professional misconduct and permanently prohibited him from practising as a psychologist. Read the news item.
02/02/16 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Ms Artika Chand Ms Artika Chand: A Victorian woman has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to hold registration as a nurse. Read the news item.
29/01/16  Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v Ms Meddwyn Coleman Ms Meddwyn Coleman: VCAT has ordered that Ms Meddwyn Coleman, a psychologist, has no case to answer and no further action is to be taken. Read the news item
08/01/16  Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v IVX Dr IVX:  Psychologist reprimanded for professional misconduct and suspended for nine months. To undertake further education and undergo professional supervision for a period of 12 months. Read the news item.
11/12/15 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr Shahin Alam Dr Shahin Alam: specialist general practitioner, engaged in unsatisfactory professional performance in his treatment of two female patients; conditions imposed on his registration. Read the news item
26/11/15 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Mrs Natalie Susan Stoksik Mrs Natalie Susan Stoksik: reprimanded and conditions imposed on registration requiring further education and training. Additional supervision requirements to be met. Read the news item
25/11/15  Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v McArthur  Ms McArthur: The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has reprimanded psychologist Kirsten McArthur after finding she engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct. Read the news item
23/11/15  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Christopher Alroe Dr Christopher Alroe: A medical practitioner who sought a review of a decision to refuse him unrestricted specialist registration is to be registered without conditions. Read the news item.
23/11/15 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr Andrew Carl Schneider Dr Andrew Carl Schneider: reprimanded for professional misconduct. Read the news item.
06/11/15  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Premanandan Vayal Veettil Dr Premanandan Vayal Veettil: unsatisfactory professional performance and professional misconduct. Read the news item.
06/11/15  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Richard Hocking Dr Richard Hocking: unprofessional conduct and unsatisfactory professional performance in his treatment of a number of patients; practice restricted to protect patients. Read the news item
05/11/15 Psychology Board Psychology Board of Australia  v Vivian Jarrett Vivian Jarrett: reprimanded by a tribunal for failing to maintain professional boundaries. Read the news item.
04/11/15 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr Glen Nicholas Pearse Dr Glen Nicholas Pearse: The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has dismissed a referral by the Medical Board of Australia against general practitioner Dr Glen Nicholas Pearse. Read the news item.
03/11/15  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v  Mr Aran John Bowden Denford Mr Aran John Bowden Denford: A Tribunal has reprimanded Mr Aran John Bowden Denford, cancelled his medical registration and disqualified him for applying for registration for two and a half years, for accessing child pornography over 14 years. Read the news item.
30/10/15  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dr Ross Jose Dr Ross Jose: reprimanded, fined and conditions imposed on registration over unsatisfactory professional performance. Read the news item.
21/10/15  Psychology Board Psychology Board of Australia v Dr James Freeman Dr James Freeman: The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal rejected the Psychology Board's allegations that Dr Freeman had prepared an inappropriate report for the Parole Board of Queensland regarding a prisoner.  Read the news item
12/10/15 Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Chitrakanti Kapadia Dr Chitrakanti Kapadia: reprimanded for unprofessional conduct. Read news item.
06/10/15  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Christopher Joseph Bourke Dr Christopher Joseph Bourke: a specialist general surgeon and paediatric surgeon, engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct. Read the news item
29/09/15  Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board v Miss Netty Nyaruwata Miss Netty Nyaruwata: Reprimanded for professional misconduct, registration suspended for three months and conditions imposed on registration. Read the news item.
22/09/15  Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board v Merilee Baker  The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (Tribunal) has reprimanded a nurse and suspended her registration for seven months. Read the news item
09/09/15  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Keith Woollard Dr Keith Woollard: unsatisfactory professional performance. Read the news item.
25/08/15  Pharmacy Board Pharmacy Board of Australia v David Brewster Mr David Brewster: reprimanded, registration cancelled and disqualified from reapplying for registration for one year. Read the media release.
11/08/15  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Margaret Black Ms Margaret Black: reprimanded for professional misconduct for stealing a blank prescription and forging a prescription for a drug of dependence. Read the news item.
13/07/15 Dental Board  Dental Board of Australia v Graham Raynes Dr Graham Raynes: dentist reprimanded, removed from the register of practitioners and banned from reapplying for registration for two years, over his treatment of six patients. Read the news item
08/07/15  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v William Barnes Dr William Barnes: reprimanded, suspended for three months and conditions imposed. Read the media release.
06/07/2015 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Philip Nitschke Dr Philip Nitschke: suspension lifted and registration updated on the national register. Read the media release.
23/06/15  Chinese Medicine Board Chinese Medicine Board v Mr Graeme Lindsay Garvin Mr Graeme Lindsay Garvin: A tribunal has found he behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct and reprimanded him. Read the news item.
19/06/15  Pharmacy Board Pharmacy Board of Australia v Mr Robert Donald Louis Mr Robert Donald Louis: The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has reprimanded a former pharmacist and found he engaged in unprofessional conduct.  Read the media release.
19/06/15  Psychology Board Psychology Board of Australia v Dr Karl Hanes Dr Karl Hanes: registration refused, required period of supervised practice in accordance with the Guidelines for the 4+2 internship program not completed.  Read the media release.
17/06/2015  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v John Garland  Dr John Garland: reprimanded for unprofessional conduct and professional misconduct. Read the media release
15/06/2015 Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v Dianah Cameron Dr Dianah Cameron: A tribunal has reprimanded a psychologist and found she engaged in unprofessional conduct for failing to disclose being charged and then convicted of driving-related offences. Read the news item.
02/06/2015  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Philip Dibbs Mr Phillip Dibbs: reprimanded and disqualified for 10 years over professional misconduct. Read the media release.
28/05/2015  Psychology Board Psychology Board vof Australia  Steven Spring Mr Steven Spring: reprimanded for professional misconduct and precluded him from applying for registration for two and a half years. Read the media release.
19/05/2015 Medical Board Medical Board v Andrew Alfred George Leggett Dr Andrew Alfred George Leggett: Dr Leggett is reprimanded and required to complete a course of counselling with a psychiatrist who specialises in boundary violation issues. Read the news item.
30/04/15  Medical Board  Medical Board v Dr Ian Nolan Bernadt Dr Ian Nolan Bernadt:  Dr Bernadt is reprimanded, disqualified from reapplying for registration as a registered health practitioner for two years and ordered to pay the Board's legal costs. Read the news item
22/04/2015  Medical Board  Medical Board v Rene Gomez Dr Rene Gomez: reprimanded for both professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct, suspended for six months, ordered to never again see female patients. Read the news item.
07/04/2015  Pharmacy Board  Pharmacy Board of Australia v Vu The Tran Mr Vu The Tran: reprimanded, conditions imposed over professional misconduct. Read the media release
01/04/2015 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr ZOF Dr ZOF: reprimanded and suspended for one year due to professional misconduct. Read the media release.
27/03/2015 Psychology Board Psychology Board of Australia v Ziji Fox Ziji Fox: application for finding of unprofessional conduct dismissed by tribunal. Read the media release.
23/03/2015 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Steven Andrew Dr Steven Andrew: reprimanded, fined and conditions placed on registration over professional misconduct. Read the media release.
19/03/2015 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Anne McAleer Ms Anne McAleer: reprimanded for professional misconduct, registration cancelled and disqualified for six months. Read the media release.
09/03/2015 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Timothy Buckby Mr Timothy Buckby: guilty of professional misconduct for engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient and breaching obligations of confidentiality. Read the media release.
05/03/2015 Psychology Board Psychology Board of Australia v Elisabeth Freeman Ms Elisabeth Freeman: reprimanded and disqualified for professional misconduct. Read the media release.
04/03/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Salahuddin Taj  Dr Salahuddin Taj: application for specialist registration refused by tribunal. Read the media release.
23/02/2015 Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Peter Savage  Mr Peter Savage: conditions imposed on registration as a nurse. Read the media release.
19/02/2015 Medical Board   Medical Board of Australia v John Barry Myers  Dr John Barry Myers: fined and disqualified for applying for registration. Read the media release.
04/02/2015 Medical Board   Medical Board of Australia v Nathem Al Naser  Dr Nathem Al Naser: doctor reprimanded and conditions imposed on his registration, for his failure to report another doctor’s conduct at his practice. Read the media release.
29/01/2015  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Jai Palaniappan  Dr Jai Palaniappan: fined for professional misconduct. Read the media release
21/01/2015  Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Linse Thomas  Mr Linse Thomas: application for registration refused. Read the media release.
19/01/2015 Medical Board Pharmacy Board of Australia v Malcolm Coghill Malcolm Coghill: cautioned following investigation into criminal offences. Read the media release.
19/01/2015 Pharmacy Board Pharmacy Board of Australia v Brian McAllan Mr Brian McAllan: reprimanded for unprofessional conduct. Read the media release.
07/01/2015 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Philip Nitschke Dr Philip Nitschke: registration suspended. Read the media release.
22/12/2014 Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Dieu Dr Tam Dieu and Dr Mervyn Cass: reprimanded and conditions placed on registration. Read the media release.
22/12/2014  Psychology Board  Psychology Board of Australia v Domenic Greco  Mr Domenic Greco: reprimanded, registration cancelled effective 19 January 2015, and disqualified from applying for registration for two years from that date. Read the media release
19/12/2014 Chinese Medicine Board  Chinese Medicine Board of Australia v Ah Choo Teo  Ms Ah Choo Teo: reprimanded, registration suspended. Read the media release
16/12/2014  Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Harpeet Singh  Mr Harpeet Singh: registration cancelled and disqualified from applying for registration as a nurse for 20 months. Read the media release
14/12/2014 Dental Board Dental Board of Australia v Dr Ari Masters Dr Ari Masters: reprimanded, fined and conditions imposed for unprofessional conduct. Read the media release.
12/12/2014  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Christopher Alroe Dr Christopher Alroe reprimanded, conditions imposed for professional misconduct. Read the media release
12/12/2014  Dental Board  Dental Board of Australia v John Ham  Dr John Ham: registration cancelled and disqualified from applying for registration for six months. Read the media release
11/12/2014 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Muir McPherson Mr Muir McPherson: reprimanded, fined and conditions imposed for professional misconduct. Read the media release.
08/12/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Wijeneka Liyanage Dr Wijeneka Liyanage: suspension lifted. Read the media release
05/12/2014  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Dr I  Dr I: reprimanded and conditions placed on registration. Read the media release
24/11/2014 Pharmacy Board Pharmacy Board of Australia v Frank Balestra Mr Frank Balestra: reprimanded, registration cancelled and disqualified from applying for registration for 30 years. Read the media release.
21/11/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Zoran Radovic Dr Zoran Radovic: reprimanded for unsatisfactory professional performance. Read the media release
21/11/2014  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Leila Dekker  Dr Leila Dekker: finding of improper conduct set aside. Read the media release
12/11/2014  Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board v Sanjai Gupta  Mr Sanjai Gupta: reprimanded for professional misconduct and conditions imposed on registration. Read the media release
06/11/2014  Nursing and Midwifery Board  Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Michael Cummins  Mr Michael Cummins: registration suspended and conditions imposed. Read the media release
05/11/2014  Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Gareth David Eldred  Dr Gareth Eldred: reprimanded and registration cancelled and disqualified from applying for registration for 18 months. Read the media release
04/11/2014  Dental Board  Dental Board of Australia v Patrick O'Brien  Dr Patrick O'Brien: finding of unsatisfactory professional conduct and ordered not to reapply for registration. Read the media release
04/11/2014  Medical Board      Medical Board of Australia v Bharat Doolabh  Dr Bharat Doolabh: reprimanded and suspended for unsatisfactory professional conduct. Read the media release
28/10/2014 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Daniel Van Dijk Dr Daniel Van Dijk: reprimanded, removed from the register, and banned from reapplying for registration for nine months. Read the media release.
22/10/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Paul Edward Langton  Dr Paul Edward Langton: suspended, reprimanded and fined for professional misconduct. Read the media release
21/10/2015 Medical Radiation Practice Board  Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia v Devorah Lindberg Ms Devorah Lindberg: reprimanded for unsatisfactory professional conduct. Read the media release.
20/10/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v David Evan Roberts  Dr David Evan Roberts: ordered to have communication with patients audited; fined $15,000 for unprofessional conduct. Read the media release. 
17/10/2014 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Nicolae Cruceru Dr Nicolae Cruceru: application to review conditions dismissed by tribunal. Read the media release.
17/10/2014 Physiotherapy Board  Physiotherapy Board of Australia v Alexander Browning  Mr Alexander Browning: reprimanded and suspended for two months. Read the media release. 
15/10/2014  Pharmacy Board  Pharmacy Board of Australia v Nicholas Gledhill  Mr Nicholas Gledhill: reprimanded and disqualified for professional misconduct. Read the media release
10/10/2014 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Mughammad Saliem Ismail  Dr Mughammad Saliem Ismail: reprimanded and registration cancelled. Read the media release.
10/10/2014  Physiotherapy Board  Physiotherapy Board of Australia v Bharath Devadas  Mr Bharath Devadas: permanently disqualified for professional misconduct. Read the media release
01/10/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v Ashraf Ibrahim Abdou Ibrahim  Dr Ashraf Ibrahim Abdou Ibrahim: appeal against Board decision dismissed by tribunal. Read the media release
29/09/2014 Podiatry Board Podiatry Board of Australia v Terence Williams Mr Terrence Williams: disqualified from applying for registration for three years. Read the media release.
27/09/2014 Medical Board Medical Board of Autralia v Henning Dr Frederick Henning: reprimanded and conditions imposed on registration. Read the media release.
24/09/2014 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v David Lance Lahey Mr David Lance Lahey: reprimanded and disqualified from applying for registration as a nurse in Australia for five years. Read the media release.
20/08/2014 Medical Board Medical Board of Australia v Nemalan Seshagiri Moodley Dr Nemalan Seshagiri Moodley: reprimanded, registration cancelled, and prohibited from applying for registration for five years. Read the media release.
13/08/2014 Nursing and Midwifery Board Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Jayne Morley Ms Jayne Morley: reprimanded, registration cancelled and disqualified from applying for registration. Read the media release.
11/08/2014  Medical Board  Medical Board of Australia v William Fitzgerald  Dr William Fitzgerald: reprimanded and conditions imposed on his registration as a medical practitioner. Read the media release

Court and tribunal decisions 2012-13

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Health practitioner court and tribunal case summaries 1 PDF (94.4 KB) Word version (971 KB,DOC)  1 March 2012
Health practitioner court and tribunal case summaries 2 PDF (107 KB)  Word version (994 KB,DOC)  15 October 2012
Health practitioner court and tribunal case summaries 3 PDF (114 KB)  Word version (1010 KB,DOC)  20 December 2012 
Health practitioner court and tribunal case summaries 4 PDF (363 KB) Word version (960 KB,DOCX) 8 July 2013
 
 
 
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