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HPDT decision – Lance Easton

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has released its decision regarding the charges brought by a professional conduct committee (PCC) against physiotherapist Lance Easton for professional misconduct.

The charge related to services delivered while suspended, insufficient record keeping, treatment without requisite training, and failure to comply with general standards of care.

The Tribunal found the practitioner’s conduct demonstrated a failure to understand the nature of the professional behaviour expected of physiotherapists. Whilst the Practitioner’s individual instances of misconduct were not particularly severe, his failings spanned across critical elements of physiotherapy practice and management, and in several cases were sustained across several years of practice. The Tribunal ordered:

  • Censure
  • Conditions on the practice
  • A fine of $500
  • Contribution to costs of $44,765.47.

The full HPDT decision is available here

The Boards Standards Framework included the Code of Ethics which sets expectations for professional practice, and the Standards which include expectations for record keeping, and standards of care. The framework is available to read here.