09 Feb 2018
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) has increased the supervision period for a dental practitioner following his request for a review.
Dr Popovski sought review of a decision by the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) in 2015, which originally imposed supervisory conditions on his registration following an investigation into three notifications about his professional conduct between 2011 and 2014. The tribunal granted the review, however, confirmed the Board’s 2015 decision and increased Dr Popovski’s supervision period from 12 to 18 months.
The tribunal stated that it did not believe Dr Popovski demonstrated an adequate or appropriate understanding of the complexities and risks of treating patients in the areas of prosthodontic, orthodontic and endodontic treatment; maintenance of proper clinical records; and the need for timely and detailed treatment plans.
Dr Popovski will be required to present all current orthodontic, endodontic and fixed prosthodontist cases in his first meeting with a supervising dentist. Over 18 months, Dr Popovski is required to meet with the supervising dentist every four weeks for the first three months, and every eight weeks thereafter at his place of practice.
AHPRA will also seek quarterly reports from the supervisor as to whether Dr Popovski is satisfactorily participating in and complying with the requirements of his supervision.
The supervision is in addition to Dr Popovski’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements – one of the core standards required for all health practitioners across Australia to be registered.
The decision is published on the Australian Legal Information Institute website.