03 Nov 2017
An occupational therapist has been reprimanded, disqualified from applying for registration for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 after admitting to engaging in professional misconduct.
In September 2017, the State Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) in Western Australia heard that the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) and Ms Jennifer Evelyn Roberts had agreed on terms upon which the matter could be settled.
In reaching the agreement, Ms Roberts admitted that her implementation of the KIDSCODE process (Process) with a family in August 2014 constituted professional misconduct.
During that period, Ms Roberts breached the Code of Conduct for Occupational Therapists and behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct by failing to:
On 28 September 2017 the tribunal found Ms Roberts had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct and ordered that she be disqualified from applying for registration for six months. She was reprimanded and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
The State Administrative Tribunal has published the decision on its website.