Reprimand for nurse present at Christian community death

The order came after the NSW Medical Tribunal cleared Dr Christopher Maendel, the community doctor at Danthonia near Inverell, of professional misconduct despite his refusal to refer his mother Irene Maendel, 70, to hospital after her collapse in 2010.

Dr Maendel was the religious group’s medical officer when his mother, who was staying on the community grounds while on a visit from the US, was found unconscious and vomiting in a bathroom.

After she regained consciousness, Dr Maendel diagnosed his mother with a subarachnoid haemorrhage from an aneurysm. But instead of sending her to hospital for a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis he treated her with morphine until she died six days later on the property.

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) had called for a professional misconduct finding for Dr Maendel, which could have led to his registration being suspended. But instead the tribunal accepted his lesser plea of unsatisfactory