Dr Sahar Somaey – Dental Practitioner – Registration suspended for professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct

30 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against dental practitioner Dr Sahar Somaey before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It was alleged that Dr Somaey 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 July 2021, Tribunal found Dr Somaey guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and that the failure to respond to regulators and breaches of infection control requirements in 2017 constituted professional misconduct

In November 2021, the Tribunal reprimanded Dr Somaey, suspended her registration for three months, and ordered that , following suspension, Dr Somaey must practice under the following conditions:

    1. That she not undertake solo dental practice or as a locum.
    2. To practice only in a practice approved by the Dental Council of NSW where there is at least one other dental practitioner.
    3. That she practice under “category B” supervision.
    4. That she submit to an audit of her practice by a random review of her records.
    5. That she complete courses on dental hygiene, infection control, record keeping, and ethics.
    6. That she provide a copy of her conditions to the principal of her practice.

The Tribunal’s decision can be found on 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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