Court and tribunal outcomes are independent and public.
Tribunal decisions relate to complaints or concerns about the conduct, performance or behaviour of a health practitioner.
Court decisions can sometimes refer to an appeal of a tribunal decision or more commonly the outcome in court of a criminal offence matter.
We publish summaries of these outcomes on the AHPRA and National Board websites. For decisions regarding practitioners in New South Wales, please refer to the Health Care Complaints Commission website.
We also publish a link to Tribunal or Court decisions on each practitioner’s record on the Public Register which involve adverse findings and which were delivered after the commencement of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
Publishing outcomes can help the person we receive the complaint or concern about see through the eyes of the person who raised it with us.
They also help practitioners understand how the National Law helps them to practise safely or ethically.
Importantly, they show members of the public what is an acceptable and unacceptable level of care and behaviour.
For more information on tribunal decisions a library of published hearing decisions from adjudication bodies (other than panels) relating to complaints made about health practitioners or students is published on the Australian Legal Information Institute’s (AustLII) website.
The following table lists summaries of court and tribunal decisions relevant to the National Law. These are published periodically as decisions are handed down.
This table allows for filtering certain columns. To filter by Board, use the drop down box. To filter by Date of decision and Case name, type in the date/name required (e.g. typing in 2014 will filter results from that year). You can filter multiple rows if required.
Dr Luke Ainsworth: A Victorian tribunal has found a psychiatrist who had a relationship with his patient guilty of professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct and disqualified him from applying for registration until December 2019. Read the news item.
Nursing and Midwifery Board
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Kumar
Ms Abha Kumar: A tribunal has disqualified a nurse from re-applying for registration or working in aged care for five years after she over-involved herself in an elderly patient’s affairs and benefitted from his will. Read the news item.
Medical Board of Australia v Dr Daryl Alan Stephens
AHPRA v Michael Simon
Mr Edward Lipohar: A court has convicted a man and fined him $65,000 plus $25,000 in costs for unlawfully claiming to be a dental specialist and performing restricted dental acts on two patients. Read the media release.
Ms Jessica Anne Schouten: A tribunal has suspended a nurse for four months after she admitted to professional misconduct concerning misappropriated drugs. Read the news item.