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Doctor-shopper used six fake identities to net $100k in morphine tablets

The Perth woman used the prescription drugs to create "homebake heroin".
12 January 2018

After missing 38 drug tests, impaired GP struck off

A GP who has admitted to taking ice and cocaine has been struck off after missing 38 mandatory drug tests.
11 January 2018

'Exaggerated' diagnoses land expert witness in trouble

A judge has savaged a psychiatrist for “exaggerated and unrealistic” expert evidence after he diagnosed a child with PTSD, separation anxiety disorder and a clinical phobia of traffic following a car crash.
24 November 2017

12 months, 2100 care plans, and now a $600k repayment

A rural GP who billed Medicare for reviewing 2,100 care plans in the space of a year has been ordered to repay almost $600,000 in rebates.
13 November 2017

Primary loses seven-year trademark wrangle

The Federal Court rules that the words 'primary health care' cannot be trademarked.
10 November 2017

Doctor's emergency suspension by watchdog backed by appeal court

The case illustrates concerns about emergency suspension powers and doctors' right to appeal.
08 November 2017

GP practice fined for unfair dismissal of nurse

A GP practice has been ordered to pay $4000 in compensation for unfairly dismissing a practice nurse diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
24 October 2017

Doctor banned after allegations, 12,000km away, hit home

A pain doctor has been suspended under emergency powers after AHPRA was sent a newspaper clipping from Alaska saying he was running a “pill mill” which was endangering patient lives.  
17 October 2017