12 Apr 2019
A tribunal has suspended a medical practitioner for four months for professional misconduct.
On 27 October 2018, the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia (tribunal) reprimanded Dr Carol Pearce, a general practitioner, and suspended her registration for four months for improper prescribing of peptides.
The Medical Board and Dr Pearce agreed the following:
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) referred Dr Pearce to the tribunal on the basis that she had behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct.
The tribunal was satisfied that proper cause existed for disciplinary action and ordered that Dr Pearce be reprimanded and her registration be suspended for four months, commencing on 1 October 2018. The tribunal also placed conditions on Dr Pearce’s registration, including limiting her ability to prescribe, supply, administer or dispense certain medications and requiring regular audits of her practice. The conditions are to be reviewed in 12 months.
Dr Pearce was also ordered to pay a contribution towards the Board’s costs.
You can read the full decision on the tribunal’s website.