Mr Peter Che Nan Chen – Chinese Medicine practitioner – Disqualified for unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

16 November 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Mr Peter Che Nan Chen, a formerly registered Chinese medicine practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The allegations related to conduct in relation to a number of female patients who consulted with Mr Chen in the period from 2009 to 2014. It was alleged that Mr Chen:

  • Inappropriately touched Patient A and B’s breasts.
  • Made inappropriate comments to Patients A, B and C.
  • Provided poor clinical treatment to Patient B.
  • Failed to advise the National Board that he was charged with indecent assault in relation to Patients C, D and E within 7 days.

In 2021, the Tribunal published its Stage 1 decision and found that Mr Chen was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. A copy of the full (stage 1) decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw.

In November 2021, the Tribunal determined that Mr Chen was not suitable to hold registration as a Chinese medicine practitioner, ordering that:

  1. If Mr Chen was still registered, his registration would have been cancelled (and this is to be recorded in the National Register).
  2. Mr Chen is disqualified from practising for a period of 3 years.
  3. He is prohibited from providing all health services as defined in s 4 of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 until he registered as a health practitioner.

A copy of the full (stage 2) 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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