Lying doctor deregistered

Dr Padmaja Putha was granted limited registration by the Medical Board in June 2011 after submitting her application and curriculum vitae to AHPRA through an agent.

She was allowed to practise in an area of need, in Dalby, Queensland, with a designated practitioner where she remained for about 15 months.

But after the board received an anonymous tip-off, she was suspended in May 2013.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard Dr Putha obtained her medical qualifications in India in 1996 and worked intermittently until 1998 when she and her husband left for Australia. 

In her AHPRA application, she claimed she had practised medicine continuously in India between 2002 and 2007.

In reality, she practised only on visits to India in that period, accumulating about five months’ worth of experience.

The board sought to ban Dr Putha for five years.

An Australian citizen since 2006, the