Dr Raahulan Sundarajah - Stage 1 - Professional misconduct

10 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against a dentist, Dr Raahulan Sundarajah before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal ('the Tribunal'). In March 2015, Dr Sundarajah was working at a dental clinic in Cairns and he was required to comply with a registration condition that he not treat female patients over 15 years old unless a female adult staff member was present at all times. It was alleged that on multiple occasions over four days, Dr Sundarajah did not comply with that condition. The complaint also alleged that Dr Sundarajah suffers from an impairment and is not competent to practise dentistry.

On 22 December 2017 the Tribunal found all allegations in the complaint proven. The Tribunal found that Dr Sundarajah did breach the condition and that he was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal also found that Dr Sundarajah suffers from a form of paranoid schizophrenic illness which detrimentally affects, or is likely to detrimentally affect, his capacity to practise. The Tribunal also found that Dr Sundarajah lacks the necessary competence required of a dentist.

Decision

The Tribunal will consider what protective orders are necessary following a directions hearing on 24 January 2018.

Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw

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.