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Dr Daryl Alan Stephens

21 Mar. 2024


The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Dr Daryl Alan Stephens, effective 21/03/2024.

Details of Dr Stephens’ registration, including the full list of imposed conditions, can be viewed on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

Conditions imposed include the requirements that Dr Stephens:

  • must be supervised by another registered medical practitioner, who holds specialist registration as a urologist with no less than 10 years’ experience, when providing medical care to patients:
    • attending for investigation and/or treatment of lesions, tumours or suspected tumours of any kind, or
    • attending for investigation and/or treatment of kidney stones, or
    • on whom Dr Stephens is performing a surgical or other procedure and makes an incidental finding of any abnormal growth of bodily tissue cells, a lesion, tumour or suspected tumour.
  • when performing a surgical or other procedure, if the practitioner makes an incidental finding of any abnormal tissue cells, and decides:
    • not to send an excised tissue sample for biopsy or histopathology testing, the practitioner must retain a tissue sample until he has consulted with the supervisor about the clinical reasons for not sending the tissue sample for further testing
    • to perform a diathermy, and a sample from the diathermy site is unable to be retained for biopsy or histopathology testing, the practitioner must consult with the supervisor about the appropriateness of the use of diathermy in the clinical situation.

In accordance with section 62(2) of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (the Act), the Health Ombudsman’s decision will continue to have effect until:

  • the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal sets the decision aside
    or
  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on Dr Stephens registration under section 65 of the Act.