Dr Sundarajah - stage 2 – registration cancelled and prohibition on providing any health services

07 June 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission (“Commission”) prosecuted a complaint against dentist, Raahulan Sundarajah, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“Tribunal”). On 22 December 2017 the Tribunal found that Dr Sundarajah was guilty of professional misconduct for breach of the requirements of conditions on his registration that he only see female patients with a chaperone present; and lacked competence to practice dentistry on the basis of a mental disorder, most probably in the form of late onset paranoid schizophrenic illness.

The stage 1 media release can be found here

Decision

On 4 June 2018 the Tribunal made the following orders:

  • The respondent’s registration is cancelled.
  • The respondent is disqualified from seeking a review of the cancellation order for a 12 month period.
  • The respondent is prohibited from providing any health service unless and until he is registered as a health practitioner.

The Tribunal stated that the prohibition order was imposed because the Tribunal was satisfied that Dr Sundarajah was a substantial risk to the health of members of the public because of his inability to deal appropriately with staff and patients and this inability is unlikely to be confined to health services provided in the field of dentistry.  

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.