Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal Decisions

The names of the oral health practitioners who have been involved in disciplinary proceedings are listed below. Links are provided to the decisions in the disciplinary proceedings from the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the previous Dentists Disciplinary Tribunal and the courts, as relevant, for those practitioners.

Disciplinary decisions for oral health practitioners


There may be more than one decision link for an individual practitioner. For instance, the Tribunal can issue a substantive decision on the disciplinary charges separately to a subsequent decision on penalty. There may also be links to a High Court decision if there was an appeal against any aspect of the Tribunal’s decision. Additional links may also indicate a practitioner has faced disciplinary proceedings on more than one occasion.

Some practitioners have court ordered name suppression and are therefore not named below but referred to anonymously.

More information on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal is available here.

Decisions of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and courts 

 

             Practitioner           

Profession

Charge characteristics

Decision date

Decision link

Dr M [name suppressed]

Dentist

Breach of professional standards

2016

Decision, including permanent suppression order of names and identifying details of patients, practitioner and doctors' practices

LAKRA, Gaurav

 Dentist

Breach of professional standards, including failure to inform patient; obtain informed consent; and keep adequate clinical records.

Professional misconduct established

2015

Decision

Patient and patient’s mother granted permanent suppression of name and identifying features.

RABIH, Mwaffak

Dentist

Sexual misconduct and

Breach of professional standards

 2013

 

 

 

  2014

 

 

 2015

Complainant granted permanent name suppression 

Practitioner granted interim name suppression 

Decision

Penalty decision (include a decline of permanent name suppression of practitioner)

The practitioner appealed to the High Court against the decisions of the Tribunal  including the refusal to grant him permanent name suppression.  The PCC cross-appealed. 

The High Court decision dismissed the appeals. 

Dr G [name suppressed]

Dentist

Convictions relating to sexual offending

2014

Decision, including permanent suppression order prohibiting publication of name of practitioner and victims, and any identifying details

Order for interim name suppression 

ADAMS, Marc E

Dental technician & clinical dental technician

 

Practising without a current practising certificate

2014

Decision

VITALI, Adam

Dental technician & clinical dental technician

 

Practising without a current practising certificate

2013

Decision

SATHE, Sanjay G

Dentist

Convictions relating to dishonesty

2013

Decision

PETELO, Joseph FA

Dentist

Practising without a current practising certificate

2013

Decision

DEVINE, Simon J

Dental technician

Practising without a current practising certificate

2013

Decision

STOKES, Carl T

Dental technician & clinical dental technician

Practising without a current practising certificate 

2013

Practitioner granted interim name suppression

Declined permanent name suppression

Decision

VAN VLIET, Michael

Dental technician & clinical dental technician

 

Practising without a current practising certificate

2013

Decision

WOLMARANS, Christiaan J

Dental technician

Practising without a current practising certificate

2013

Practitioner granted interim name suppression

Declined permanent name suppression at hearing

Decision

GRIFFEN, Cherie AR

Dental therapist

Practising without a current practising certificate

2013

Decision

MOON, Choonsik

Dentist

Practising while suspended

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision

The PCC appealed the decision of the Tribunal to defer its order of suspension. Practitioner cross-appealed Tribunal’s penalty decision. High Court decision allowed the appeal by the PCC and quashed the order to defer suspension and quashed the order to suspend; and dismissed the practitioner’s appeal

KIM, Ryan W

Dentist

Convictions relating to dishonesty

2012

Decision

KEWENE, Albert M

 

Dentist

Practising without a current practising certificate

2012

Practitioner granted interim name suppression 

Decision (includes the decline of permanent name suppression)

Practitioner appealed the decision to decline permanent name suppression to the High Court. High Court decision to dismiss the appeal (2013)

SUTHERLAND, Daniel G

Dental technician

Practising without a current practising certificate

Practising outside scope of practice

Inappropriate advertising

Guilty of professional misconduct

 

2012

Decision

Dr S (name suppressed)

Dentist

Practising without a current practising certificate

2012

Practitioner granted interim name suppression

Practitioner granted permanent name suppression

Decision

JANSSEN, Gerrie G

Dental hygienist

Conviction for assault with a weapon

2011

 

 

Amended decision

Minute to amended decision (2012)

Penalty decision (2012) 

PAYNE, Allan GT

Dentist

Convictions relating to forgery

2011

Decision

Dr A [name suppressed]

Dentist

Failure to obtain informed consent and to take radiograph

Inappropriate prescribing

Not guilty of professional misconduct

2006

Practitioner granted permanent name suppression

Decision

ZIMMERMAN, David EL

Dentist

Failure to carry out appropriate planning; refer; keep accurate records; obtain informed consent.

Guilty of professional misconduct

2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim name suppression granted

Declined permanent name suppression

The practitioner appealed the Tribunal’s decision to decline permanent name suppression. High Court decision to dismiss the practitioner’s appeal (2007)

Decision

Penalty decision

ALADDIN, Qusay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dentist

Failure to adequately perform root canal therapy; refer in a timely manner; maintain adequate records.

Guilty of professional misconduct

 

Failure to adequately treat and crown; and maintain adequate records

Guilty of professional misconduct

2005

 

 

 

 

2005

Decision

Practitioner declined interim name suppression

Decision

Practitioner declined interim name suppression

Decisions of the former Dentists’ Disciplinary Tribunal  

 

Practitioner

Profession

Decision date

Decision link

Dr G (name suppressed)

Dentist

2010

Decision

Penalty

 

PATEL, Suresh

Dentist

2007

 

 

 

2003

2002

Reasons for Judgement

Orders of Lang J on penalty

Decision

Agreed Statement of Facts

Decision

Decision

GIBSON, Neville J

Dentist

2004

2002

2002

Decision

Decision

Decision

 

MOLLOY, Michael

Dentist

2003

2003

Penalty

Decision

 

RAMA, Natu

Dentist

2004

2004

2003

2002

2002

Decision

Decision

Decision

Penalty

Decision

 

SMITH, Nicholas

Dentist

2002

Decision