Dr John Hart – Medical Practitioner- Registration cancelled

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) against Dr John Hart, who was a general practitioner and a co-founder of Peptide Clinics Australia at the time of the complaints.

The Commission alleged that from 2014 to 2016, Dr Hart inappropriately prescribed peptides to 29 patients at the Clinic, without an appropriate therapeutic purpose or level of training to do so. 

It was also alleged that he inappropriately recommended or prescribed certain treatments, drugs and vitamins and failed to obtain the patient’s informed consent. Other allegations included that he:

  • failed to provide appropriate care and treatment for the patients,
  • failed to obtain an adequate history or adequate and informed consent from patients,
  • kept inadequate clinical patient records,
  • did not ensure adequate monitoring and communication with the patient’s GP. 
  • inappropriately self-prescribed some medication , and
  • failed to disclose to another patient,  a conflict of interest, namely that he received a rebate from various pathology and supplement providers he referred patients to.

In its decision dated 8 April 2021 the Tribunal found most of the complaints against Dr Hart proved and that his conduct amounted to professional misconduct. The Stage 1 decision is available at NSW Caselaw

In determining protective orders, on 9 June 2021 the Tribunal cancelled Dr Hart’s registration with a non-review period of two years, noting that Dr Hart “continues to lack insight into the motivation for setting up the Peptide Clinics business, the extent to which he was providing appropriate medical care and the potential risks to patients, including Patient AE”. The Stage 2 decision of the Tribunal 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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