Dr Phillip Knowles - Professional misconduct - Suspension and conditions

21 July 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted two complaints against Dr Phillip Knowles, a general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The first complaint related to billing Medicare for services not provided to two patients and creating false records for them. The second complaint related to poor prescribing for nine patients and non-contemporaneous records for another nine patients.

On 20 July 2020, the Tribunal found Dr Knowles guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal commented that “integrity and ethical practice is fundamental to practise as a registered medical practitioner”.

In its protective orders, the Tribunal suspended Dr Knowles’ registration until 16 April 2021. After Dr Knowles serves his suspension, he must comply with strict and extensive conditions. He can only practice under supervision, cannot prescribe Schedule 4D or Schedule 8 drugs, must work within a group practice, must submit to a performance assessment, must comply with limits regarding his hours and patient numbers and his supervisor must review his care plans and Medicare billings every month to assess compliance with Medicare criteria.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw online.

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.

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