Dr David West – Unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

31 March 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr David West, a medical practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘Tribunal’).  The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to Dr West’s inappropriate prescribing of Schedule 8 and Schedule 4D drugs, including prescribing drugs of addiction to drug dependent patients, and Dr West’s failure to maintain adequate medical records. 


Dr West admitted all particulars of the complaint, and that his conduct amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  In its decision of 22 March 2017, the Tribunal found all the particulars proved and the complaints of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct proved. The Tribunal found the gravity of the misconduct, coupled with their concerns for the ability of Dr West to generally practise medicine safely, warranted cancelling his registration.  The Tribunal made the following orders:

  • Dr West’s  registration be cancelled (to take effect 7 days from the date of decision);
  • Dr West may not apply for a review of the order for a period of 24 months.

Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw

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.