Mr Robert James Pearson – reprimanded and conditions placed on registration by a Nursing and Midwifery Professional Standards Committee

27 October 2011

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Mr Robert James Pearson, a registered nurse, before a Nursing and Midwifery Professional Standards Committee. The prosecution related to an incident in a mental health facility where Mr Pearson was employed, in which Mr Pearson pushed a patient causing him to fall to the ground.

The Commission argued that Mr Pearson had failed to implement appropriate methods to de-escalate the situation, and had used excessive force when he pushed the patient.

The Commission also argued that Mr Pearson had misrepresented the true nature of the event in a report of the incident by stating:

when I asked him to leave the area it was necessary for me to guide him away from the trolley he turned sharply and tripped over the gutter and fell on the ground

During the inquiry Mr Pearson admitted that the force he used in pushing a patient was excessive and that he had failed to implement appropriate methods to de-escalate the situation surrounding the incident.

All particulars of the complaint were proven.

In its decision of 28 September 2011, the Committee found Mr Pearson guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. They reprimanded Mr Pearson and ordered that he undertake a four day training program in the Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression.


Further Information

The full decision is available on the AUSTLII website.

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

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