13 Mar 2015
The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia has reprimanded Mr Muir McPherson for professional misconduct, fined him and imposed conditions on his registration.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia referred the matter to the tribunal in September 2014, after it received a notification that Mr McPherson had delegated an intimate examination of a female patient to a female employee (non-health professional) at Greenough Regional Prison, where he was employed as a registered nurse.
Mr McPherson admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct as defined in section 5 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, in that he:
Mr McPherson said, among other things, that he was uncomfortable with examining the patient because he:
The tribunal reprimanded Mr McPherson and fined him $2,000. The tribunal also imposed conditions on his registration, requiring him to commence further education and training in the areas of: patient privacy and confidentiality, intimate examinations and the use of chaperones, providing culturally sensitive healthcare and record keeping.
Mr McPherson was also ordered to pay the Board’s costs.
The reasons for the tribunal’s decision are on the tribunal website.
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