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Sayonne Sivalingam

03 Jan. 2024

The Health Ombudsman took immediate registration action by imposing conditions on the registration of Sayonne Sivalingam, effective 3/01/2024.

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

Conditions imposed include the requirements the practitioner, Sayonne Sivalingam:

  1. Must not have contact with female patients with the exception of contact using telehealth platforms.
  2. Must only practise as a registered health practitioner in employment and at practice location/s approved by the Health Ombudsman and published on the Office of the Health Ombudsman website.
  3. Must take all reasonable steps to ensure female patients are told at the time of wanting to book an appointment with him – or, in the case of an unbooked appointment, prior to contact with him – that the consultation can only be booked or proceed if the patient or their legal guardian agrees to the entire contact with him being conducted using telehealth platforms only. He must not provide this information to patients personally.
  4. Unless otherwise directed by the Health Ombudsman, if he is currently employed in a health service or providing a health service (practising) as a registered health practitioner, or proposes to commence in any new or other employment while these conditions are in force, the following <requirements must firstly be met and notification of the Health Ombudsman’s approval received, before continuing to practise in his current employment or commencing in any new employment or practice location:
    1. He must firstly provide his employer or proposed employer (or ‘senior person’ at each practice location, if he is the employer and there is no other entity that meets the definition of ‘employer’) with:
      1. a full copy of this schedule of conditions; and
      2. details of the specific alleged conduct that gave rise to these conditions and the reasons for the Health Ombudsman taking immediate action OR a full redacted copy of the most recent document or documents issued by the Health Ombudsman that state the reasons for the Health Ombudsman imposing conditions on his registration; and then
    2. He must submit to the Office of the Health Ombudsman, details of his current or proposed employment including:
      1. Practice name and location (physical address)
      2. Position held or proposed position, and employment type (e.g. full-time, part-time, temporary, casual, contractor, self-employed)
      3. Employer name and contact details
      4. a completed Employer acknowledgement and consent form from every current or proposed employer, providing consent as detailed on the form, and certifying they have been provided with a copy of this Schedule of Conditions.
  5. The following employment and practice locations have been approved by the Health Ombudsman:
    1. Metro North Virtual Ward, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Cnr Butterfield Street and Bowen Bridge Road, Herston QLD 4029

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
  • the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions imposed on Sayonne Sivalingam registration under section 65 of the Act.