Dr Peter Carr – Dentist - Professional Misconduct

24 November 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Peter David Carr, a dentist, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  Dr Carr was providing dental services at Smile Care Dental in Double Bay from 2007 to 2017. Central elements of the complaint were that Dr Carr was found guilty of possession of cocaine and convicted of common assault and two counts of aggravated indecent assault against a dental nurse at the practice. Additionally, he had failed to notify the Dental Board of Australia in relation to the drug possession charge. The complaint also alleged that Dr Carr had exposed himself to a dental nurse during a consultation, inappropriately used the hypnotic agent Triazolam in his clinical practice, and inappropriately restrained a patient.

On 18 November 2020, the Tribunal found Dr Carr guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

The Tribunal will conduct a further hearing in 2021 to determine any appropriate protective orders. Dr Carr remains suspended from practice in the meantime.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw.

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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.

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