Dr Michael Van Than Quach – reprimanded by Medical Professional Standards Committee

10 November 2011

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Dr Michael Van Than Quach, a general practitioner, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee. The prosecution related to the care and treatment provided by Dr Quach over five days to a patient staying in a hotel.  The patient demonstrated signs and symptoms of delirium and/or psychiatric illness during that period and was eventually transferred to hospital.

The Commission argued that in relation to his treatment of a patient, Dr Quach had:

  • failed to refer the patient for psychiatric assessment, or consult a psychiatric colleague regarding the patient’s management, or refer the patient to hospital
  • inappropriately offered to take the patient and his friends to dinner at a restaurant to observe the patient’s behaviour

In its decision of 31 October 2011, the Committee found all of the particulars of the Commission's complaint proven. Dr Quach was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee ordered that Dr Quach be reprimanded and imposed a number of conditions on his practice, including that he be subject to supervision and complete appropriate education courses

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.