Dr John McKenzie – deregistered for 3 years by Medical Tribunal

3 August 2011

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Dr John McKenzie, a general practitioner, before the Medical Tribunal of NSW.  The prosecution related to Dr McKenzie issuing prescriptions to overseas patients for an internet pharmacy in breach of regulations, a practice which continued despite the then Medical Board informing him that he should cease. 

The prosecution also related to Dr McKenzie self administering drugs, possessing a schedule 8 drug and operating a medical practice from his home, all of which were in contravention of conditions on his registration.

The Commission argued that Dr McKenzie suffered from an impairment that detrimentally affects his mental capacity to practice medicine, being depression and anxiety and impaired intellectual and cognitive functioning.

In its decision of 27 July 2011, the Tribunal found that Dr McKenzie suffered from an impairment and stated that “at present we accept his intellectual and cognitive function appear, on presentation, to be detrimentally affected.”

The Tribunal also found Dr McKenzie guilty of professional misconduct.  The Tribunal ordered that Dr McKenzie's name be removed from the register of medical practitioners and that he is not entitled to apply for re-registration for a period of three years.

Further Information

The full decision is available on the website of the Medical Council of NSW.

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.