Dr Daniel Carayannis – Medical Practitioner - Professional Misconduct - Reprimand and Conditions

16 June 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) against Dr Daniel Carayannis, a registered medical practitioner with specialist registration as an anaesthetist.  The complaint alleged that Dr Carayannis:

  • Misappropriated and consumed drugs of addiction from his workplace at RPA Hospital
  • Tampered with and removed the contents of ampoules of drugs of addiction, refilled each of those ampoules with saline and replaced the tampered ampoules for use on patients whilst employed at Careflight
  • Self-administered the drugs of addiction he had diverted from patient supplies.
  • Had an impairment in that he had an opioid use disorder.

On 15 June 2021 the Tribunal found all elements of the complaint proven, including that Dr Carayannis had an impairment.

In considering what orders should be made, the Tribunal noted that following the proven conduct, Dr Carayannis has “engaged with an appropriate and wide-ranging support network” and all of his treating health practitioners regard him as “having excellent insight into his behaviour and its causes, and are of the view that it is safe for him to practise subject to conditions.”

The Tribunal further stated: “[T]he orders we must make are not intended to punish the practitioner. One of the orders we can make is to reprimand Dr Carayannis. In our view such an order would achieve the balance described by the Health Care Complaints Commission as it would protect the health and safety of the public, uphold public confidence in the standards of the profession, act as a deterrent to both Dr Carayannis and the general body of practitioners, and takes into account his personal growth and abstinence.”

The Tribunal ordered a reprimand and imposed a significant number of practice and health conditions, including mentoring and supervision.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw

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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