Dr Sahar Somaey – Dental Practitioner – Professional misconduct

26 July 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission brought a complaint against dental practitioner Dr Sahar Somaey before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

The complaint alleged that Dr Somary failed to:

  • communicate promptly or appropriately with regulatory authorities, attend inquiries and interviews, provide accurate information and assist Dental Council of NSW inspectors on various occasions from 2013-2019
  • exercise adequate infection and hygiene control at her practice in 2017, and
  • adequately manage her clinical records in five instances from 2013-2017.

The Commission also alleged that Dr Somaey suffers from an impairment.

In its decision on 5 July 2021 the Tribunal found the following particular allegations against Dr Somaey amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct:

  1. Dr Somaey failed to adequately and promptly respond to the requests for information and records on various occasions in 2013
  2. Dr Somaey failed to attend scheduled interviews with the Commission and promptly respond to requests for information in July 2018, and
  3. Dr Somaey did not comply with cll 1.1(a) and 2.1(a) of the Infection Control Guidelines while another practitioner was using her rooms after she ceased active dental care of patients in January 2017.

The Tribunal also found [2] and [3] above constituted professional misconduct.

The Tribunal will reconvene to determine the protective orders.

The Tribunal’s full 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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