Dr Sharron Phillipson – General Practitioner - Reprimand and conditions

17 September 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission (Commission) prosecuted a complaint against Dr Sharron Phillipson, a general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal). It was alleged that Dr Phillipson was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to her care and treatment of Patient A, who attended the practitioner for pregnancy counselling. It was alleged that Dr Phillipson failed to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy and failed to appropriately manage Patient A’s clinical situation. Patient A was subsequently admitted to hospital with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

On 12 March 2021, the Tribunal had determined that Dr Phillipson was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct, but not professional misconduct.  The Stage 1 decision may be found at the NSW Caselaw website here.

On 16 September 2021, the Tribunal reprimanded Dr Phillipson and imposed a number of conditions on her registration. The conditions limit the number of hours Dr Phillipson can work and the number of patients she can see in an hour. She is also prevented from providing shared ante-natal care.

The full decision can be found at the NSW Caselaw here.

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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