Dr Dilshan Ariyarathna – Medical practitioner – Reprimand and conditions

5 October 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Dilshan Ariyarathna, a medical practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal). It was alleged that during the period 12 April 2018 and 15 January 2019, while working in a hospital, Dr Ariyarathna engaged in conduct of a harassing or stalking nature towards a junior colleague, and inappropriately used his hospital email account to send and receive emails from dating sites.

On 30 September 2021, the Tribunal determined that Dr Ariyarathna was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct, and that the inappropriate conduct was of an extremely serious nature and inconsistent with the standards expected of a medical practitioner. However, the Tribunal found on the basis of psychiatric evidence before it that the prospect of Dr Ariyarathna engaging in such conduct in the future was most unlikely.

The Tribunal reprimanded Dr Ariyarathna and imposed conditions upon his registration. The conditions include supervision of Dr Ariyarathna’s practice, and that he is not to undertake solo medical practice or be a sole supervisor of any junior practitioner.

The full decision can be found at NSW Caselaw.

Further Information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 02 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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