Conditions imposed on medical registration of Dr Wafa Samen

3 December 2008

The NSW Medical Tribunal recently found Dr Wafa Samen, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, guilty of professional misconduct. It also found that Dr Samen suffers from impairment in that she is addicted to a deleterious drug and that she continues to suffer from this impairment despite evidence of recovery in part. The Tribunal imposed the following conditions on Dr Samen’s registration:

  • not to possess, supply, administer or prescribe any drugs of addiction, that fall under Schedule 8 of the NSW Poisons List
  • to limit her practice hours (20 hrs max/wk)
  • not to practice in obstetrics until such time as it is approved by the NSW Medical Board
  • not to prescribe for self-medication.
  • not to self-administer any substance in schedule 4 or 8 of the NSW Poisons List. In addition she is not to self-administer any narcotic derivative, nonprescription compound analgesic or cold medication.
  • to attend for thrice weekly urine drug testing.

The Tribunal also ordered that any breach of any of these conditions will result in Dr Samen being deregistered as a medical practitioner.

Further Information

The full decision is available at the NSW Medical Board’s website

For further information, contact Kim Swan, Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to

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