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Psychiatrist faces hearing for 'human research trials'

Dr Philip Bird.
Dr Philip Bird. Barry Leddicoat

THE Medical Board of Australia is awaiting overdue expert reports on Maroochydore psychiatrist Philip Bird's patients ahead of a disciplinary hearing in March.

The board has received reports on five of the eight patients, on whom Dr Bird is accused of conducting "human research trials", and is expected to have six by Monday.

Dr Bird's lawyer told the court she was trying to provide them as quickly as possible but Dr Bird's wife had health issues and he was juggling care of his young children.

One of Dr Bird's patients was Anthony Thomson, who was driving the vehicle that crashed in 2009 into a car containing five-year-old twins Grace and Jessica Hornby and their grandmother Denise Mansell, killing them all. Thomson also died.

The medical board told Judge Suzanne Sheridan in a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal review on Wednesday that it believed the parties could still be ready in time for expert conferences.

The disciplinary hearing is set down for four weeks from March 13.

The hearing is expected to examine Dr Bird's diagnosis and treatment of eight patients.

The Courier Mail has previously reported, from documents filed to QCAT, allegations Dr Bird prescribed 6600 tablets of dexamphetamine, known as "kiddy speed", to one of his patients.

The media article stated he was also accused of inappropriately conducting "human research trials" on eight patients, including Thomson, and of incorrectly diagnosing nine adult patients with ADHD.

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Topics:  ethics, medical ethics, medical professionals, medicine, psychiatrist, queensland civil and administrative tribunal


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