14 Dec 2016
A Western Australian pharmacist has been reprimanded, ordered to pay costs and has had conditions imposed on her registration after admitting to engaging in professional misconduct.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board) decided to investigate Ms Cornelia Naude on 1 July 2014 after receiving information that revealed she dispensed a number of Schedule 4 medications without prescriptions.
The Board referred the matter to the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (the Tribunal) pursuant to section 193(1)(a)(i) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) (the National Law). In referring the matter, the Board reasonably believed that Ms Naude behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct.
During the course of the Tribunal proceedings, Ms Naude admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct as defined in section 5 of the National Law between 8 February 2011 and about 25 November 2013. She admitted to conduct including:
The Tribunal took into consideration Ms Naude’s participation in an investigation by AHPRA in respect of her conduct. Prior to formal mediation, she made concessions in respect of her offending conduct and potential sanctions, expressing regret for her conduct and willingness to undertake further education. The Tribunal accepted that her conduct was not motivated by financial gain.
On 3 October 2016, the Tribunal ordered by agreement that Ms Naude be reprimanded and that conditions be imposed on her registration. The conditions prohibit her from dispensing medications to herself and her immediate family for 12 months, and she must complete a program of education in relation to appropriate dispensing, ethical decision-making and record keeping.
On 9 November 2016, the tribunal ordered by agreement that Ms Naude pay a contribution of $7,000 towards the Board’s cost of the proceedings. The decision is published on the Tribunal’s website.