Queensland doctor disciplined over ADHD treatment
By Daily Mercury
June 14, 2019

Psychiatrist Philip Bird

Psychiatrist Philip Bird

A Sunshine Coast psychiatrist has been disciplined for prescribing a potent drug, after diagnosing three people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

An expert found insufficient evidence for Philip Bird to diagnose ADHD and prescribe the stimulant dexamphetamine for a “complex mental health patient” in his mid-40s.

The man remained on the drug of dependence for more than eight years, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard.

The Medical Board of Australia originally brought disciplinary proceedings against Dr Philip Bird in 2014, in relation to 12 patients, but before a hearing reduced the allegations to three patients.

Dr Bird, a psychiatrist for 22 years who developed special interests, including ADHD, has been working under conditions since 2013.

He estimated he would have seen more than 1500 ADHD patients between 2002 and March, 2017.

Two medical experts considered Dr Bird’s diagnosis of ADHD in a female patient, 81, was “questionable” and dexamphetamine treatment was inappropriate, the tribunal heard.

The woman had an eating disorder and a lifelong history of anxiety and depression, with multiple unsuccessful trials on psychotropic drugs.