19 Jul 2019
On 9 May 2018, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) referred Dr Ainslie James Hay Waddell, a specialist general practitioner to the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia. This followed an investigation into his conduct after Dr Waddell’s Schedule 8 prescribing rights were revoked by the WA Department of Health (DoH).
On 12 July 2016, Dr Waddell’s Schedule 8 prescribing rights were revoked by the WA Department of Health. In May 2018, the Board commenced proceedings in the tribunal by reason of Dr Waddell’s apparent poor prescribing practices.
An agreed term of settlement between the Board and Dr Waddell was accepted by the tribunal on 29 November 2018.
Dr Waddell admitted that his prescribing practices were inappropriate by reason of him having prescribed Schedule 8 medications in circumstances where:
Dr Waddell also conceded that he had failed to maintain adequate clinical records.
In respect of this conduct, Dr Waddell admitted that he had acted contrary to Good medical practice: A code of conduct for doctors in Australia by failing to:
Dr Waddell was reprimanded for unprofessional conduct and had conditions placed on his registration that prohibit him from accessing Schedule 8 medication and which require him to submit to audits of his practice. He was also ordered to pay the Board’s costs of $14,900.
In reaching the terms of settlement, the Board accepted several mitigating factors in relation to Dr Waddell’s conduct, including (among other things) that:
The final orders can be found on the eCourts portal.