Coast psychologist failed to disclose criminal convictions

A SUNSHINE Coast psychologist has been reprimanded for failing to tell the relevant authorities that she had been busted drink driving on three occasions in less than a year.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard during a hearing last month that Dianah Cameron answered "No" to two questions surrounding her criminal history when re-applying for registration.

The questions asked whether there had been any change to her criminal history that she had not declared or disclosed to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

But in fact she had been convicted of high, mid and low range drink driving, disqualified driving and driving without a licence between June, 2010 and September, 2011.

The regulator received an updated copy of her criminal history in April, 2012 and wrote to her asking to explain why she had not disclosed the information to them.

The tribunal heard Ms Cameron then made a full and frank admission to the regulator about her criminal convictions over the past year.

QCAT acting deputy president Peta Stilgoe, in handing down her findings, said Ms Cameron's behaviour constituted unprofessional conduct not professional misconduct.

She said Ms Cameron's fitness to practise had been investigated and as of late March, 2015 the regulator was satisfied that she was fit to practise.

"The evidence shows Ms Cameron's failure to notify was not a deliberate act, or one designed to avoid the consequences of notification," she said.

"The parties point to Ms Cameron's statement that she was unaware of her statutory obligations and that she did not consider her offences as "serious criminal offences".

"Ms Cameron is fortunate that these matters have resolved in her favour."

- APN NEWSDESK.



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