21 Jun 2022
A tribunal has granted specialist registration to a practitioner on appeal.
In March 2019, the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) refused an application by Dr Roy George for specialist registration as an endodontist on the basis he was not qualified. Dr George sought review of this decision in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal).
Dr George argued his overseas qualification, some Australian credentials and his significant experience in the field, together with the fact he taught clinical dentistry (endodontics) at a Queensland university, supported his case.
While the tribunal agreed with the Board that Dr George was not qualified, it chose to exercise a discretion to grant conditional registration due to him holding a relevant qualification, his additional training and experience and his connection with the specialist training program.
In February 2022, the tribunal granted Dr George specialist registration but imposed a condition requiring Dr George to continue to be associated with the approved qualification he taught until the first student/s he was teaching had graduated.
The tribunal’s decision was published on the Austlii website on 3 February 2022.