Dr Judith Silberberg – Professional misconduct – Reprimand, Suspension and Conditions

23 Apr 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Judith Silberberg, a registered general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged Dr Silberberg was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to her “end of life” prescribing to 14 patients who were residents at Marcus Loane Retirement Village in 2015-2016.

The complaint alleged that Dr Silberberg prescribed, in large doses that were well outside therapeutic guidelines, a combination of Schedule 8 and Schedule 4D drugs in syringe drivers to patients who were at the end of life phase. Dr Silberberg admitted a large number of the particulars and admitted that her conduct amounted to professional misconduct. Dr Silberberg also admitted that her prescribing was often excessive and well outside the therapeutic guidelines.

On 15 April 2019, the Tribunal found Dr Silberberg guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

The Tribunal ordered:

  • The Dr Silberberg be reprimanded;
  • That Dr Silberberg’s registration be suspended for a period of 6 months commencing on 6 May 2019;
  • Following her period of suspension, Dr Silberberg’s registration be subject to a number of conditions relating to prescribing, supervision and an audit of her medical practice.

  

Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw here.

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.