Performance and Professional Standards Panel
Date of Hearing: 3 October 2012
Date of Decision: 14 November 2012
Offence – Dishonesty offence
It was alleged that the pharmacist behaved in a way that constituted unprofessional conduct under section 191(1)(b)(ii) of the National Law in that they claimed CPD points and expenses in excess of $12,000 to which they were not entitled.
The pharmacist admitted to falsely claiming CPD points and claiming and receiving payments in excess of $12,000 from the Pharmacy Guild under the Rural Pharmacists Assistance Scheme.
The panel found that the pharmacist had behaved in a way that constituted unprofessional conduct. While the pharmacist claimed to lack understanding of the systems for recording CPD points and the claiming of expenses, they made the false claims over an extended period of time and did not attempt to seek advice from colleagues or the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia to remedy this lack of understanding.
The panel reprimanded the pharmacist.
It accepted in good faith the pharmacist’s promise to repay the money they received.