Nurse charged with false doc certificates

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A Melbourne nurse accused of obtaining false doctor’s certificates for her sister and partner has been suspended.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has immediately suspended Joanne Mizzo’s nursing registration after being notified of the charges by the Victoria Police in October last year.

The police will Mrs. Mizzo claiming to be working with colleague Dr. Irene Lepustin to provide false medical certificates so that they could be paid for sick leave they were not entitled to.

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Those cases are expected to be heard in the Melbourne Magistrates Court early next year.

Ms Mizzo has applied to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a stay of her suspension pending the outcome of a review hearing.

A date for the review hearing has yet to be set.

Ms Mizzo told VCAT that there would likely be a significant delay in the court proceedings and that she would face serious financial difficulties if she were unable to work during that period.

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AHPRA argued that financial difficulties were not sufficient grounds for suspending the suspension, and that Ms Mizzo’s alleged conduct involved a “prolonged period of dishonest conduct” and was “planned and premeditated”.

On Thursday, VCAT member Reynah granted Tang a stay until Ms Mizzo’s review hearing, allowing her to work as a clinical nurse until then.

– MONKEY