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The following media releases have been issued by the Commission

26 Feb 2015
Mr Gareth Michael Dawes - unsatisfactory professional conduct, professional misconduct, impairment and lack of competency
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Mr Gareth Michael Dawes, a psychologist, before the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal. The Commission’s prosecution concerned Mr Dawes’ conduct in relation to a female client. The Commission alleged Mr Dawes did not maintain appropriate professional boundaries with the client including exchanging in excess of 3,000 emails, a large proportion of which included sexual content, and engaged in inappropriate sexual contact and behavior with the client. The Commission also complained that Mr Dawes suffered from an impairment in relation to his sexual preoccupations. The Commission also prosecuted a complaint that Mr Dawes lacked competency to practice psychology because he does not have sufficient mental capacity to do so. At the time of the inquiry, Mr Dawes was no longer registered as a psychologist.
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25 Feb 2015
Ms XC (formerly Dr XC) - unsatisfactory professional conduct, professional misconduct, impairment and lack of competency
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Ms XC, a former medical practitioner, before the New South Wales Civil & Administrative Tribunal. The prosecution concerned Ms XC’s addiction to Stillnox and other prescription drugs between 2007 and 2012. The complaint also alleged that Ms XC had breached a number of conditions on her registration and that she had improperly used her supervisor’s prescription pad to self prescribe. It was also alleged that Ms XC had misled the Medical Council of NSW.
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16 Feb 2015
Dr Jassim Daood – unsatisfactory professional conduct found, reprimanded, and conditions imposed
In September 2012 the NSW Coroner forwarded findings of an Inquest to the Health Care Complaints Commission for its consideration whether to bring proceedings against Dr Jassim Daood, a general practitioner. The Commission investigated the complaint and prosecuted Dr Daood before a Medical Professional Standards Committee.
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16 Feb 2015
UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE - James Donnelly – deregistered for 18 months by Psychologists Tribunal
James Donnelly – deregistered for 18 months by Psychologists Tribunal
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13 Feb 2015
Mr Robert Anthony John Black - professional misconduct found by the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Mr Robert Anthony John Black, a former osteopath and chiropractor, before the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal.
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6 Feb 2015
Dr Michael Quach – unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct found by the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Michael Quach, a general practitioner who practiced in Sydney and the ACT, before the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal. The prosecution related to Dr Quach’s care and treatment of patients between 2007 and 2012 in Sydney. The complaint included that Dr Quach suffered from an impairment, namely narcissistic personality disorder and that he lacked competency to practice medicine because he does not have sufficient mental capacity.
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21 Jan 2015
Dr Biljana Nikolova-Trask – suspended for three months and conditions imposed
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Biljana Nikolova-Trask, a general practitioner practising in Broken Hill, NSW before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The prosecutions related to “boundary violations” between Dr Nikolova-Trask and patients in an isolated rural city.
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19 Dec 2014
Mr David Hutchinson - found not to be a suitable person by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and disqualified for one year
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Mr David Hutchinson, a former enrolled nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in relation to previous convictions which he did not disclose on his registration forms.
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15 Dec 2014
Dr James David Venneri – unsatisfactory professional conduct found, cautioned and conditions imposed by the Medical Professional Standards Committee
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr James David Venneri before the Medical Professional Standards Committee regarding a consultation with a patient.
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15 Dec 2014
Professor Youssef Amin Emil Ghabrial – reprimanded and conditions imposed by Medical Professional Standards Committee
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Professor Youssef Amin Emil Ghabrial, an orthopaedic and spinal surgeon practising at Lingard Private Hospital, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee. The prosecution related to inadequate post-operative patient care and management of two patients.
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