Professional Misconduct

Andrew Snell

Address: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sex: Male
Occupation: Doctor
Date: 25 January 2013


Dr Andrew Snell was reprimanded on 25 January 2013 by a Medical Tribunal.


On 30 November 2012 the Tribunal made findings in relation to a Complaint it had received on 26 October 2011 in which it was alleged that Or Andrew Snell:

1. Had been guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct within the meaning of s 139S(l)(a) and/or s 1398(1)(1) of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW);

2. Had been guilty of professional misconduct within the meaning of $ 139E of the National Law; and

3. Has an impairment within the meaning of s 5 of the National Law which detrimentally affects his capacity to practise medicine in that he suffers from:

a. Recurrent depressive disorder; and/or

b. Alcohol dependence or abuse; and/or

c. Propofol abuse.

The hearing was then adjourned and a timetable was set to provide the parties with an opportunity to file and serve written submissions in relation to the following issues:

1. The appropriate protective Orders.

2. Whether the Tribunal should Order that its Reasons and Orders not be published, or that while they may be published, Dr Snell’s name/identity be suppressed; and

3. The casts of the proceedings.

The parties did file and serve written submissions. The matter was relisted for hearing before the Tribunal on 21 January 2013 to enable the parties to make any further oral submissions in relation to those issues.

Dr Snoll failed to appear on 21 January 2013

The Tribunal was satisfied that Dr Snell was aware that the matter was listed for the hearing of oral submissions in support of the written submissions on 21 January 2013. The Tribunal also was satisfied that the hearing could proceed in the absence of Or Snell Is 167C (3) of the National Law).

The orders made by the Tribunal were;

1. Finds that if Dr Snell were still registered, the Tribunal would have suspended or cancelled his registration.

2. Orders that Dr Snell is disqualified from being registered as a medical practitioner for a period of eighteen months from 25 January 2013,

3. Orders that Dr Snell Is not permitted to seek review of the Order for disqualification for a period of eighteen months from 25 January 2013.

4. Directs the National Board to record that the Tribunal would have suspended or cancelled Dr Snell’s registration in the National Register kept by the Board.

5. Orders that Dr Snell be reprimanded; and

6. Orders Dr Snell to pay the costs of the Health Care Complaints Commission.