Dr Lei Min Chen - Cancellation of Registration for Professional Misconduct

23 August 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Lei Min Chen, before the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”)  in relation to the inappropriate ‘off-label’ prescribing of Ketamine and his failure to maintain adequate medical records. Ketamine is a rapidly acting general anaesthetic agent that is not approved in Australia for the treatment of depression.

On 17 May 2018 the Tribunal found that Dr Chen was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct The complaint considered Dr Chen’s treatment of 21 patients who presented to the Aura Medical Corporation in Sydney between November 2014 and May 2015.

The stage 1 media release can be found here.

On 13 August 2018 , in making its protective orders the Tribunal found that Dr Chen continues to demonstrate little or no insight into his conduct and that his rigidity of thinking, defensiveness and unwillingness to acknowledge his past conduct appeared to have increased since the Stage One hearing. The Tribunal determined that :

1. Dr Chen’s registration is cancelled.
2. Dr Chen may not seek a review of the cancellation order for a period of two years.

The full decision may be found on NSW Caselaw.

Further Information

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.