Jennifer Jiang – registration as a psychologist cancelled

29 May 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal against psychologist Jennifer Jiang. It was alleged that Ms Jiang: breached conditions on her practice; acted unethically by working while her registration was suspended; she suffers from a serious mental illness; and is not competent to practice the profession of psychology.

The matter was heard on 28 November 2017 and again on 9 April 2018 to consider new evidence about the practitioner’s failure to adhere to a medication regime prescribed by her psychiatrist.

On 28 May 2018, the Tribunal published its decision. The Tribunal was “significantly concerned” that the practitioner had ceased taking her medication soon after the first hearing, having assured the Tribunal that she would be compliant and noting that the practitioner thought the medication had “cured” her of her illness. This was in contrast to all of the evidence and showed a failure to appreciate that the only way she could continue to work as a psychologist was that she remain compliant with her medication, with the potential to put the public at risk.

Decision

The Tribunal ordered that the practitioner’s registration be cancelled with a non-review period of 12months.

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.