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Health Ombudsman v Armstrong [2018] QCAT 382

On 22 March 2018, the matter of Health Ombudsman v Armstrong was heard by Deputy President Sheridan in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). The Tribunal found the practitioner’s behaviour amounted to professional misconduct, cancelled her registration and disqualified her from applying for registration for a period of two years.

The Health Ombudsman referred two matters to QCAT regarding a health practitioner’s conduct in failing to disclose charges and convictions to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and providing a fraudulent medical certificate.  The practitioner was charged and convicted of four counts of obtaining a financial advantage under s 135 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) due to Ms Armstrong failing to fully declare income from her employment with Queensland Health while receiving benefits from Centrelink.  The second referral involved Ms Armstrong providing a fraudulent medical certificate for the purpose of vacating a compulsory conference with the Office of the Health Ombudsman at the direction of the Tribunal.

The Health Ombudsman submitted that Ms Armstrong had engaged in professional misconduct.

On 29 November 2018, the Tribunal delivered its findings. The Tribunal found the practitioner’s behaviour amounted to professional misconduct, cancelled her registration, and disqualified her from applying for registration for a period of two years.

The full decision is available to read on the Supreme Court Library Queensland website.