Steven Elliott – Guilty of professional misconduct – reprimand

13 Apr 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission (‘HCCC’) prosecuted a Complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) against Mr Steven Elliott, a registered pharmacist. The complaint alleged Mr Elliott engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to his inappropriate dispensing of drugs of addiction.

Mr Elliott admitted unsatisfactory professional conduct but denied professional misconduct.

Decision

NCAT published its decision on 29 March 2017 and found Mr Elliott guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

The Tribunal found that the conduct amounted to professional misconduct because Mr Elliott’s professional and clinical judgment fell significantly below the requisite standard in respect of a significant number of patients, over a considerable period of time.

NCAT found that, notwithstanding the seriousness of the subject conduct, given the passage of time and the remedial steps taken by Mr Elliott, suspension or cancellation of Mr Elliott’s registration was not warranted, nor was it necessary to impose conditions on Mr Elliott’s registration.

The Tribunal ordered that Mr Elliott is reprimanded.

Further Information

The 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.