Ms Cody Rae Payne – Registered nurse – Registration cancelled

28 September 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse Ms Cody Rae Payne (also known as Cody Rae Cammarata), before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). It was alleged that between January and August 2019 while working in a hospital, Ms Payne inappropriately accessed her own medical records as well as those of 34 other persons, including family members involved in family court legal proceedings. Ms Payne had been criminally sanctioned for accessing the records of the family members and it was also alleged Ms Payne failed to appropriately notify the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia of her criminal sanction. 

In its decision of 23 September 2021, the Tribunal found Ms Payne guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  The Tribunal cancelled Ms Payne’s registration with a non-review period of six months, stating the conduct was a very serious breach of Ms Payne’s ethical obligations with respect to the use of health records. (The Tribunal determined that the decision not take effect for 60 days due to the demand for intensive care nursing services during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

A copy of the Tribunal’s decision can be found at NSW Caselaw here.

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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