Ms Sarah Gahan – Nurse - Registration Cancellation

19 April 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Sarah Gahan a Registered Nurse before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal). It was alleged that Ms Gahan:

  • Was convicted of several offences between 2006 and 2013, including assault, contravention of an apprehended violence order, and drink driving.
  • Failed to notify the Nurses and Midwives Board , and later AHPRA, of her charge and conviction for offences and her misuse of alcohol;
  • In 2010 and 2018 provided falsified criminal checks to separate employers;
  • Made a false statement regarding her criminal history in a 2018 job application form;
  • Did not disclose to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of NSW that she had provided a false police check in 2010; and
  • Has an impairment, namely a mood and anxiety disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder.

In its decision on 12 April 2021, the Tribunal found Ms Gahan guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.  The Tribunal did not find Ms Gahan had an impairment at the time of the hearing and decision, noting her current engagement with treating practitioners and complaince with medication.

The Tribunal found that the deliberate falsification of a legal document was a complete departure from accepted standards and undermined the important role that criminal history checks play in public safety. Whilst accepting that Ms Gahan was remorseful, the Tribunal noted that the gravity and length of her conduct justified a finding of professional misconduct.

The Tribunal cancelled Ms Gahan’s registration and set a non-review period of 12 months

A copy of the Tribunal’s 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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