Dr Hossein Javaheri – Medical Practitioner – Reprimand and conditions on practise for unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

16 December 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against medical practitioner, Dr Hossein Javaheri before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“The Tribunal”).

It was alleged that during 2018 – 2020, while working as a general practitioner at Penrith Medical Centre, Dr Javaheri:

  • Failed to inform himself of the legal requirements concerning the prescribing of Schedule 8 drugs.
  • In the course of treating 7 patients, engaged in conduct that included:
    • Excessive and inappropriate prescribing of Schedule 4D and Schedule 8 drugs.
    • Failing to conduct appropriate assessments and examinations prior to prescribing various drugs.
    • Failing to appropriately respond to drug-seeking behaviour exhibited by patients.
    • Prescribing Schedule 8 drugs without authority, including in circumstances where the patient was drug dependent.
    • Failing to make appropriate referrals for specialist treatment.
    • Failing to make adequate records.
  • Prescribed himself various drugs and referred himself for pathology testing and ultrasounds.

In its decision of 13 December 2022, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and that Dr Javaheri was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal reprimanded Dr Javaheri and imposed conditions on his registration to protect public health and safety, including that he be subject to supervision and restricting his prescribing of schedule 8 and 4D drugs until he has completed further training.

The full decision can be found here: NSW Caselaw

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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