Dr Roland Von Marburg – conditions imposed by NSW Medical Tribunal
15 May 2012
The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Dr Roland Von
Marburg, an ear nose and throat surgeon, before the Medical Tribunal of NSW. The
prosecution related to Dr Von Marburg’s self administration of pethidine.
The Commission argued that Dr Von Marburg was guilty of professional
misconduct in that he had:
- self administered pethidine between about April 2008 and August 2008
- failed to keep a drug register recording his receipt, supply and
administration of pethidine and morphine
- destroyed a schedule 8 drug of addiction in contravention of
- falsely stated to Pharmaceutical Services Branch of NSW Health that he had
not self-administered pethidine
- failed to make a proper records in relation to certain patients and in
accordance with regulations
- administered pethidine to patients without exercising responsible medical
judgement as to whether this was appropriate in the circumstances and in a
quantity that did not accord with the recognised therapeutic standard and
retained left over amounts of pethidine for his own use.
Dr Von Marburg admitted to the particulars of the Commission's complaint.
In its decision of 8 May 2012, the Tribunal found Dr Von Marburg guilty of
professional misconduct and placed conditions on his practice, including that
- must not prescribe, possess, supply, administer, handle or dispense any drug
- is not to prescribe for self-medication
- continue to attend for treatment with a psychiatrist, counsellor and GP of
The full decisions are available at the Medical
Council of NSW.
For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.