27 Aug 2015
The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia has reprimanded Dr William Barnes, suspending him for three months and imposing conditions on his registration.
After a referral from the WA State Coroner, the Board and AHPRA investigated concerns that Dr Barnes had been actively involved in the administration of an alternative, unproven medical treatment to cancer patients in WA.
The Board subsequently referred the matter to the tribunal, alleging that Dr Barnes had:
In a written agreement between the Board and Dr Barnes dated 6 July 2015, Dr Barnes admitted to having behaved in a way that constituted improper conduct under the Medical Practitioners Act 2008 (WA), which was in force at the time.
The tribunal reprimanded Dr Barnes, and ordered that:
The reasons for the tribunal’s decision are on on the State Administrative Tribunal (WA) website and will be published on Austlii.
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