Mr Matthew Farrell – Stage 1 - Professional misconduct

08 Nov 2017

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Mr Matthew Farrell, a medical radiation practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to Mr Farrell’s failure to attend urine drug testing on fifteen occasions in 2015 and his failure to notify the Medical Radiation Practice Council that he had been prescribed a Schedule 4D drug on two occasions - both of which were contrary to conditions that were on his registration. The complaint further alleged that Mr Farrell has an impairment, namely methlyamphetamine and alcohol misuse disorder; is neither competent nor a suitable person to practise in the profession; and, has a criminal conviction for possessing a prohibited drug.

On 6 November 2017 the Tribunal found five of the six particulars of the complaint proved. The Tribunal did not find that Mr Farrell is not a suitable person to practise in the profession.


The Tribunal held over issuing protective orders to allow Mr Farrell until 29 January 2018 to provide a written submission on possible orders to inform the Tribunals consideration of what protective orders should be made.

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

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