Dr Robert Smith – Dental practitioner – Registration cancelled for unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

19 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Robert Smith, dental practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘The Tribunal’). 

It was alleged, that between 27 January 2020 and 11 August 2020, while working as a dental practitioner in his own surgery at Pendle Hill, Sydney, Dr Smith:

  1. failed to observe infection control requirements
  2. carried out denture repair work on a patient contrary to Level 3 restrictions provided for within the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Services Restrictions in Covid-19
  3. provided dental services while holding non-practising registration
  4. refused without reasonable excuse to provide patient records requested by the Commission pursuant to s 34A of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (NSW).

In its 18 November 2021 decision, the Tribunal found the complaints proven, and found Dr Smith guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  The Tribunal, concerned by the continued lack of insight displayed 18 months after his registration had been suspended, cancelled Dr Smith's registration and imposed a non-review period of 24 months.

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 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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