24 Dec 2019
A tribunal has suspended a specialist general practitioner, imposed conditions on his registration and reprimanded him for prescribing inappropriately, self-prescribing and prescribing for his own family members.
On 16 February 2016, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) received a notification about Dr Stephen Hadges prescribing hormone therapy to a patient. On 17 March 2016, an Immediate Action Committee (IAC) accepted an undertaking from Dr Hadges to, among other things, not prescribe or administer anabolic steroids.
In December 2016, an IAC of the Board imposed conditions on Dr Hadges’ registration with his consent. Dr Hadges voluntarily ceased practising on 30 October 2017.
In March 2017, the Board referred the matter to the South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal (the tribunal) alleging Dr Hadges engaged in professional misconduct by:
On 14 February 2018, the tribunal decided to reprimand Dr Hadges, suspend his registration for eight months and imposed conditions on his registration, including:
The tribunal also ordered Dr Hadges to pay the Board’s costs of $15,000.
The tribunal has published the decision on its website.