Dr Yvonne Tambyrajah – reprimanded and conditions imposed by Professional Standards Committee

14 July 2009

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted a complaint against Dr Yvonne Tambyrajah before a Medical Professional Standards Committee. The complaint related to Dr Tambyrajah (a) selling vitamins / nutritional supplements of a particular brand to one patient during the consultation, (b) recommending vitamins / nutritional supplements of a particular brand to two patients; and (c) recommending to one patient to become a distributor of the recommended products.

Dr Tambyrajah was a distributor of the recommended products and had a financial interest in the company. The Commission claimed that Dr Tambyrajah had a conflict of interest when managing these patients.

Dr Tambyrajah admitted to most of the particulars of the complaint.

In its decision of 26 June 2009, the Committee found Dr Tambyrajah guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Committee reprimanded Dr Tambyrajah and ordered her to:

  • complete at her own expense a course on Ethics, and
  • agree to an audit of randomly selected medical records on her premises.

Further Information

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

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.