Dr Peter Dobie – Medical practitioner – Reprimand, suspension and practice conditions for professional misconduct

25 November 2022

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Peter Dobie, a Sydney based general practitioner, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

The allegations related to four patients:

  • Inappropriate diagnosis, investigation and treatment of Patient A for Lyme disease (Borreliosis).
  • Inappropriate advice and investigation of Patient B for Lyme disease and failure to provide the patient with balanced advice and a warning that his treatments were novel and experimental. It was also alleged that he failed to consult relevant specialists, including Patient B’s obstetric team, and failed to give Patient B her test results.
  • Inappropriate investigation, diagnosis and treatment of Patient C for Lyme disease, and that he failed to communicate with Patient C’s regular practitioners or refer Patient C to appropriate specialists.
  • Inappropriate prescribing of various drugs of Patient D, for lengthy periods, failed to recognise that patient was drug seeking, failed to refer and treat patient appropriately.
  • Inappropriately used phone consultations without adequate physical assessment.
  • For each patient it was alleged that Dr Dobie failed to keep proper medical records.

On the 2 December 2021, the Tribunal found the majority of the complaints proven, other than the allegations that Dr Dobie failed to provide Patient B or other practitioners with the patient’s health information.  The Tribunal found that Dr Dobie’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct.   The Stage 1 media release may be found here.

In making protective orders on 24 November 2022, the Tribunal ordered that Dr Dobie be reprimanded, that his registration as a medical practitioner be suspended for 12 months and that he then practice on strict conditions. This full 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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