Dr Angelo Arreza – Professional misconduct

08 Aug 2017

In March 2017 the Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Angelo Arreza, a general practitioner, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”).  The complaint alleged that Dr Arreza had engaged in professional misconduct in relation to inappropriate prescribing of drugs of addiction and poor clinical care and decision-making in relation to 13 patients.  The complaint also alleged poor record-keeping for 12 patients.

Decision

On 9 March 2017 the Tribunal found the complaint proved and Dr Arreza guilty of professional misconduct.  In making its protective orders, the Tribunal took into account Dr Arreza’s present insight, the extensive reading in relevant areas completed by Dr Arreza since the complaint, the mentoring undertaken by him since the complaint, references, and Dr Arreza’s genuine commitment to his career as a medical practitioner.

In summary the Tribunal ordered that Dr Arreza is:

  • Reprimanded;
  • To complete the “Difficult Patient Interactions Masterclass” by the Cognitive Institute;
  • Not to possess, supply, administer or prescribe any drug of addiction (Schedule 8) or Schedule 4D medication;
  • To practice under Level C supervision;
  • To practice in a group practice only;

Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw. Note that the Tribunal published its decision on 4 August 2017.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.