Dr Noureddine Houfani – Medical Practitioner – Reprimand and conditions for unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct

9 January 2023

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against medical practitioner Dr Noureddine Houfani before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

It was alleged that between 2017 and 2020, while working at Houfani Family Practice in Lakemba, Dr Houfani:

  • Prescribed various drugs without conducting appropriate assessments and examinations for multiple patients.
  • Prescribed Schedule 8 drugs of addiction where the patient was drug dependent.
  • Prescribed Schedule 8 drugs of addiction without obtaining proper authority.
  • Prescribed Schedule 8, Schedule 4D and Schedule 4 drugs without managing patients’ underlying conditions.
  • Failed to make appropriate referrals for specialist treatment.
  • Failed to act upon specialist advice.
  • Failed to make adequate medical records.

In its decision of 23 December 2022, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and that Dr Houfani was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. Dr Houfani was reprimanded and ordered to comply with several conditions on his practice, including restricting his prescribing of Schedule 8 and 4D drugs and that he must practice only under appropriate supervision.

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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