Dr Peter Dobie - Medical Practitioner - Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct

16 December 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Peter Dobie, a Sydney based general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

The allegations related to four patients :

  • In relation to Patient A, from 2014 to 2017 it was alleged that Dr Dobie inappropriately diagnosed the patient with Lyme disease (Borreliosis) and inappropriately investigated and treated her, including with long term antibiotics, which he failed to explain to her was novel, experimental and risky.  It was also alleged that Dr Dobie’s use of skype consultations was inappropriate and he failed to communicate with the patient’s other practitioners. 
  • Patient B was seen on four occasions by Dr Dobie in 2017. The patient was pregnant and concerned about possible transmission of Borreliosis to her unborn child from her husband (Patient C).  It was alleged that Dr Dobie inappropriately advised and investigated Patient B for Lyme disease rather than more likely diagnoses, failing to provide her with balanced advice and a warning that his treatments were novel and experimental. It was also alleged that he failed to consult relevant specialists, including Patient B’s obstetric team and failed to give Patient B her test results.
  • Patient C was the husband of Patient B.  From 2013-2015 Dr Dobie treated him for Lyme disease. It was alleged that Dr Dobie inappropriately investigated, diagnosed and treated Patient C for Lyme disease, and that he failed to communicate with Patient C’s regular practitioners or refer Patient C to appropriate specialists.
  • Patient D was seen by Dr Dobie in the period 2010-2013 for issues relating to insomnia, weight gain, and neck and back pain control. It was alleged that Dr Dobie:
    • inappropriately prescribed various drugs for lengthy periods;
    • failed to recognise that she was drug seeking;
    • failed to refer and treat her appropriately; and
    • inappropriately used phone consultations without adequate physical assessment.

For each patient it was alleged that Dr Dobie failed to keep proper medical records.

In its decision of December 2021 the Tribunal found the majority of the complaints proven, other than the allegations that Dr Dobie failed to provide Patient B or her other practitioners with her health information.  The Tribunal found that Dr Dobie’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct.   

The Tribunal will determine protective orders following a further (Stage 2) hearing.

The full decision can be found here: 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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