Dr Philip Bird.
Dr Philip Bird. Barry Leddicoat

Psychiatrist faces hearing accused of misdiagnosing patients

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 that Dr Bird is accused of misdiagnosing, 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.

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.

- ARM NEWSDESK

* An earlier version of this story incorrectly included earlier allegations that have since been withdrawn from the tribunal.


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