Dr Faizur Noore – Unsatisfactory professional conduct
11 Jan 2018
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Faizur Noore, a consultant psychiatrist and pain medicine specialist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged inappropriate prescribing of an erectile dysfunction medication to two persons with whom he had a close personal relationship, as well as self-prescribing a benzodiazepine on one occasion after his registration had been suspended. The complaint also alleged impairment and lack of competency in relation to a substance abuse disorder (methamphetamine) and a depressive disorder.
On 19 October 2017 the Tribunal found Dr Noore guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and the impairment proven. The Tribunal observed that there was no evidence that any patient had suffered as a result of the practitioner’s conduct and found that he had developed a deep insight into his conduct and the circumstances that led to his becoming addicted to an illicit drug. In ultimately finding that the practitioner should be permitted to return to practice subject to rigid conditions, it accepted that he had made substantial progress in his recovery and that his risk of relapse was low.
The Tribunal imposed two critical compliance conditions on the practitioner’s registration, namely that the practitioner abstain from using methamphetamine or any other illicit drug, and undergo thrice weekly urine drug testing.
Other strict registration conditions were also imposed including:
- not to practise more than 16 hours per week
- to attend treatment with a psychiatrist, general practitioner and addiction specialist
- to attend regular review interviews with the Medical Council of NSW
- not to self-prescribe medication, and
- to attend regular meetings with Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous and Doctors in Recovery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.