Dr Joseph Anthony Grech – Medical Practitioner – Suspension and Conditions for Professional Misconduct

18 February 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted complaints of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct against Dr Joseph Anthony Grech before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

It was alleged that Dr Grech:

  • inappropriately prescribed Schedule 4 and 4D medications to four patients between 20 January 2010 and 19 June 2018;    
  • failed to maintain professional boundaries with four patients;
  • gave false and misleading information during an interview with the Medical Council of NSW;
  • inappropriately provided medical care and treatment to three close family members;   
  • failed to maintain adequate medical records;
  • was the subject of a criminal finding of guilt in relation to his possession of 1.19g of methylamphetamine on 23 April 2018; and
  • failed to notify the National Board within 7 days of his charge and subsequent finding of guilt.

In its decision of 4 February 2021, the Tribunal found most of the complaints proved and that the practitioner was guilty of professional misconduct.

The Tribunal reprimanded the practitioner, suspended his registration for 6 months and imposed strict conditions upon his return to practice.

A copy of the Tribunal’s decision can be found on the NSW Caselaw Website.

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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