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Health Ombudsman v Euston [2018] QCAT 421

In August and November 2018, the matter of Health Ombudsman v Euston was heard by Deputy President Judge Sheridan in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). The Tribunal found the practitioner made statements which he knew or ought to have known were false, namely his denial that he had ever supplied dangerous drugs or that he had ever been in possession of dangerous drugs.

The Health Ombudsman referred this matter to QCAT regarding a health practitioner having been charged and subsequently convicted of offences of possession and supply of dangerous drugs, and making statements to the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which he knew or ought to have known were false and/or misleading.

In this matter, the practitioner admitted his conduct amounted to professional misconduct.

On 21 December 2018, the Tribunal delivered its findings that the practitioner had made statements which he knew or ought to have known were false and/or misleading.