Dr Mohammed Dowla – Stage 1 – Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct

28 Aug 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Mohammed Dowla, a neurologist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“Tribunal”) on 10 – 14 December 2018. 

On 26 July 2019 the Tribunal found that Dr Dowla was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in that he failed to observe appropriate professional boundaries by writing and providing to a patient his mobile phone number on a piece of paper, asking her to contact him if she developed a mobile phone application or “app”. Dr Dowla admitted the conduct but denied that it amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Tribunal found that the conduct amounted to improper or unethical conduct because is “constituted abnormal or irregular conduct in the practice of medicine.” 

The protective orders to follow this finding will be the subject of a stage 2 hearing process. 

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.