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Health Ombudsman v Levick [2017] QCAT 88

On 20 February 2017, the matter of the Health Ombudsman v David John Levick was heard on the papers by the Hon J B Thomas in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

The conduct in this matter related to an incident which occurred in Dr Levick’s consulting room on 12 December 2013 involving Dr Levick assaulting a child patient by slapping the patient’s face. Dr Levick also submitted an application for registration renewal in which he failed to notify that he had been charged with the assault.

QCAT found Dr Levick behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct in relation to the assault and that he behaved in a way that constitutes unprofessional conduct in relation to his failure to notify of the assault on renewal of his registration.

QCAT suspended the practitioner’s registration as a medical practitioner for two months commencing 1 May 2017 and ordered that Dr Levick pay the Health Ombudsman’s costs of the proceedings.

QCAT’s decision means that Dr Levick cannot work as a registered health practitioner for a period of two months from 1 May 2017.

Full practitioner registration details, including any suspensions or conditions, can be found on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

A copy of the decision is published on the Queensland Supreme Court Library website.