GPs fined for letting unregistered doc treat patients alone

The IMG was authorised only for a clinical observership but was allowed to treat two patients while his regular supervising GP was away.

Two GPs have lost their legal appeal against a conviction for allowing an IMG, who was only authorised to observe consults, to pass himself off as a registered doctor following a supervision slip-up.


The husband-and-wife GPs were ordered to pay $6000 by the Beenleigh Magistrate’s Court in February last year for “recklessly holding out” that the Malaysian medical graduate was a registered doctor.

They had originally decided to sponsor him after he unsuccessfully applied for provisional registration in 2018, with the aim of