The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has found a doctor guilty of serious misconduct for self-prescribing on three occasions to herself and family members and in relation to a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol.

The doctor was censured and fined $5,000 plus had conditions put on her practice for three years.  She has to attend an education course in providing care to herself and her family and she has been referred to the Health Committee of the Medical Council in relation to monitoring her own health.  For three years she must comply with any of their conditions and is banned for self-prescribing to herself or to any family member for three years.

The Tribunal held that prescribing any drugs to family members and particularly drugs of dependence is a serious concern, because of the lack objectivity on the part of the doctor.  This could have serious consequences for the family members prescribed to.

Alan Knowsley
Medical Lawyer